Publication Date: September 1, 2020
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Ages 9 to 12, Grades 4 to 7
Four sisters search for true family in this story of resilience by a Newbery Honor author.
When the McCready sisters’ parents are washed away in a tsunami, their Great Aunt Martha volunteers to have them live with her on her farm in British Columbia. But while they are traveling there, Martha dies unexpectedly, forcing Fiona, the eldest, to come up with a scheme to keep social services from separating the girls - a scheme that will only work if no one knows they are living on their own.
Fiona approaches their grouchy and indifferent neighbor Al and asks if he will pretend to be their live-in legal guardian should papers need to be signed or if anyone comes snooping around. He reluctantly agrees, under the condition that they bring him dinner every night.
As weeks pass, Fiona takes on more and more adult responsibilities, while each of the younger girls finds their own special role in their atypical family - But even if things seem to be falling into place, Fiona is sure it’s only a matter of time before they are caught.
Written in Polly Horvath’s inimitable style, gentle humor and tough obstacles are woven throughout this story about the bonds of sisterhood and what makes a family.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Series Overview: BEST-SELLING, AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Polly’s books have won a Newbery Honor (Everything on a Waffle), the National Book Award (The Canning Season), and been a finalist for the National Book Award (The Trolls).
BELOVED BY THE INDUSTRY: Booksellers and librarians are always excited to see a new novel by Horvath.
INDEPENDENT FEMALE PROTAGONISTS: Four young sisters with unique personalities tackle the trials of self-sufficiency.
OFF-BEAT, MEMORABLE CHARACTERS: Featured characters include a washed-up New York Times Journalist, a friendly principal, a fussy lawyer, and a mysteriously independent late aunt.
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