Thirteen-year-old Clare Silver is stuck: stuck in denial about her mother's recent death; stuck in the African jungle for sixty-four days without phone reception; stuck with her father, a doctor who seems able to heal everyone but Clare.
Coming from Boston, Clare feels like a fish out of water at Mzanga Full Primary School, where she must learn a new language. Soon, though, she becomes immersed in her new surroundings and impressed with her fellow students, who are crowded into a tiny space, working on the floor among roosters and centipedes.
When Clare's new friends take her on an outing to see the country, the trip goes horribly wrong, and Clare must face another heartbreak head-on. Only an orphan named Memory, who knows about love and loss, can teach Clare how to laugh with the moon.
This touching story about how death teaches us to live and how love endures through our memories will capture the hearts of readers everywhere.
"With keen insight into culture and the psychology of grief, Burg (A Thousand Never Evers) crafts an atmospheric novel about 13-year-old Clare and her doctor father’s nine-week trip to Malawi... The setting and cast emerge as real standouts, especially Clare’s friend Memory, who tells her, “Even the mourner must stop and laugh with the moon.” As this memorable heroine contends with loss, Burg balances tragedy with hope and resilience." -- Andrea Cascardi, Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 - 14|
|Publication Date||Jun 12, 2012|
|Publisher||Delacorte Books for Young Readers|