When Lenny Volpe, former quarterback of the worst professional football team in the nation, leaves his family and disappears, the Chicago Horribles win their first game in a long time. Fans are thrilled. The world seems to go back to normal. Except for the Volpe kids, who miss their dad desperately — both the loving dad they knew when they were little and the confused victim of traumatic encephalopathy from repeated concussions that he became.
Winston throws himself into playing the tuba, and Louise starts secret experiments to find a cure for brain injuries, and they're each fine, just fine, coping in their own way. That is, until the investigation of some eccentric teacher behavior and the discovery of a real live bear paraded as the Horribles' new mascot make it clear that things are very much Not Fine. The siblings may just need each other, after all. This hilarious and moving novel by the author of The Mortification of Fovea Munson is a poignant exploration of loss, connection, and finding healing in unexpected places.
"Hurt by their father’s absence as well as their mother’s seeming indifference toward them, the Volpe siblings are relatable as they shut each other out; their journey toward reconnecting is well worth the ride. Heider skillfully interweaves seemingly disparate threads into this character-centered, heartfelt story, culminating in a satisfying conclusion." — Publishers Weekly
|10 - 13
|Mary Winn Heider
|Mar 16, 2021
|Little, Brown Books for Young Readers