Tenacious. That means strong-willed. My mother calls me that. I wish I felt the same way. If this were a story, I would discover I was a direct descendant of a famous soldier who won countless battles and protected hundreds of people. This resilience running through my veins wouldn't be damaged by the notes; it would fight off bullies and prevent my parents from yelling at each other.
But this is not a story. This is real life. My life as ten-year-old Hannah Geller, who is the only girl in fifth grade to have little red bumps on her face, is unable to let the sad thoughts escape her mind, and leaves heads-up pennies wherever she can to spread good luck. And who also finds magic in the most unlikely of places. In the tradition of Crenshaw and The Thing About Jellyfish, Hannah copes with the bullies at school and troubles at home through the power of stories in this sweet and sincere debut.
"Hannah keeps her feelings bottled up tight, but after she finds a note saying 'Nobody likes Hannah' in her fifth grade classroom, her stuffed elephant, Ambrose, starts speaking to her, and she begins a slow journey toward opening up. Hannah is sent to the school counselor, whose official write-ups of their meetings appear along with Ambrose’s observations throughout the story.... Turley deftly conveys how much it costs Hannah to hide her feelings, walling her off from loved ones." — Publishers Weekly
|10 - 13
|Aug 28, 2018
|Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers