Publication Date: February 2, 2021
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Ages 10 to 14, Grades 5 to 9
For fans of Rebecca Stead and Joan Bauer comes a poignant, funny, and uplifting debut about family, friendship, and how and when to offer help.
“A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life.”—Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series
Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade. Cal is tall, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her. Jeanne Ann is roughly as enthusiastic about his help as she is about living in a van.
As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they’re buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. Debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, pulling it off with just the right balance of humor, heartbreak, and hope.
Story Locale: San Francisco, CA
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