Fifth grade can be tough for anyone. There are cliques and mean kids and homework and surprise math tests. But after tragedy strikes her family, almost-eleven-year-old Maya has a painful secret that makes many days feel nearly impossible.
And today might be Maya's toughest yet. Her family is on edge, she needs to travel alone across the city, a bully is out to get her, and Maya has to face this winter's biggest rainstorm without a coat or an umbrella.
But even on the rainiest days, there's hope that the sun will come out soon. Emotional and compassionate, perfect for fans of One for the Murphys and Paper Things Shelter looks at homelessness through one girl's eyes and explores the power of empathy, friendship, and love.
"Maya knows her White family is lucky: They have their own room at the shelter; Mama’s employable; Dad, a freelance writer doing well before the accident, may do so again. But Matheson makes it clear that there are no guarantees. The home they rented was sold; skyrocketing rents put most housing beyond their means, as medical insurance premiums consumed their resources. Bright, self-conscious, and affectionate, Maya’s a credible and appealing tour guide to living on the edge in an American city with vast income inequality and a fragile, fraying social safety net." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Oct 12, 2021|
|Publisher||Random House Books for Young Readers|