Gina Filomena has been told she has an overactive imagination. With her bright clothing and artistic spirit, she’s always felt different from the other kids in her class. That is, until she meets her new neighbor, a mysterious boy named Antonio with a wide, welcoming smile. Add in a creative new teacher, Miss Lightstone, and a world of possibilities opens up for Gina, Antonio, and their classmates. With the help of Antonio and Miss Lightstone, will Gina find the answers to the questions Who am I? and Who do I want to be?
From Sharon Creech, Newbery Medal winner and New York Times bestselling author, comes a powerful coming-of-age story of a girl who discovers the endless possibilities her future may hold through the the transformative power of imagination.
"In the past, her colorful clothes and imaginative stories about Angel Lucia—both sent by her Italian nonna — have garnered unwanted attention at school, including bullying cries of 'Gina gypsy.' But her new teacher, Miss Lightstone, also wears colorful clothes and encourages her students to write with abandon.... Threaded with themes of friendship, acceptance, and self-discovery, Gina’s story slowly unfolds, reminding readers that it’s okay to imagine life’s possibilities while still accepting its undeniable realities." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||8 - 12|
|Publication Date||Sep 8, 2020|