Twelve-year-old El has planned on making her first week at a new school fantastic. She won't go by her given name, Laughter. She'll sit in the back of the classroom where she can make new friends. She won't even have time to think about all the fun her old friends are having without her. Everything will be great. But when her dad picks her up after school and tells her that her younger sister, Echo, has a life-threatening illness, her world is suddenly turned upside down. And with her parents now pressed for time and money, El feels lost and powerless.
Then she befriends Octavius, the only other kid in school who gets what she's going through. As El begins to adjust to her new life, she soon finds that maybe a little hope and a lot of love can overcome any obstacle. From critically acclaimed author Paul Mosier comes a stunning story about the beauty of family, the power of community, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.
"While El dreads starting a new school in seventh grade, the most disturbing part of that first day comes when Dad meets her afterward and delivers the news that her six-year-old sister, Echo, is in the hospital because of a tumor. The coming months bring chemo and surgery for Echo, a lost job for Mom, and hard times for this close-knit family.... Simple, direct prose makes the writing widely accessible, while the realistic portrayal of emotions and relationships makes it compelling. Written from El’s point of view, the story traces a journey that no one would want to take, but readers will follow her through every line of this absorbing novel." — Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Aug 7, 2018|