It's June Yang’s first day at Huey House, and as if losing her home weren’t enough, she also can’t bring her cherished viola inside. Before the accident last year, her dad saved tip money for a year to buy her viola, and she’s not about to give it up now. Tyrell has been at Huey House for three years and gives June a glimpse of the good things about living there: friendship, hot meals, and a classical musician next door. But as their friendship grows over a shared love of classical music, June and Tyrell are forced to confront a new housing policy that puts homeless families in danger.
From the New York Times bestselling creator of the Vanderbeekers series comes a triumphant tale of friendship, healing, and the power of believing in ourselves, inspired by her years of work in the New York shelter system. Through June and Tyrell's eyes, middle grade readers get a new perspective on the many ways users of shelters see the places they live — and on the power of even young people to stand up for what matters.
"The dual-perspective narrative offers alternating points of view on navigating life in a shelter. Although the author doesn’t shy away from the trauma endured by children in the system and the various mental health, financial, educational, and social challenges the families face, this is a hopeful and inspiring story about the lives of children who are rarely represented in middle-grade fiction.... A powerful, heartwarming, and thoughtful tale of kids cultivating chosen families during challenging circumstances." — Kirkus Reviews
|10 - 13
|Karina Yan Glaser
|Apr 5, 2022