Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. Meanwhile, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. After a chance meeting, Matt is taken in by the headmistress of the Academy.. and meets Meryl Lee.
Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful. In this poignant, perceptive, witty novel, two young people wrestle with grief and loss, but also find their ways to redemption, achievement, and love.
"Matt’s decidedly Dickensian storyline intersects with Meryl Lee’s as she makes friends in unlikely places and unwittingly begins to break down the classist social structures within St. Elene’s storied walls. Alternating between poignant moments of humor, melancholy, and occasional suspense, Schmidt's book sensitively explores the various ways grief has of bringing people together." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Gary D. Schmidt|
|Publication Date||Jan 5, 2021|