Everything in Bea's world has changed. She's starting seventh grade newly friendless thanks to an embarrassing moment as a party. Plus, she's facing big changes at home, where she is about to go from only child to big sister. Feeling alone and adrift, and like her words don't deserve to be seen, Bea takes solace in writing haiku in invisible ink and hiding them in a secret spot.
But then something incredible happens: someone writes back. And Bea begins to connect with new friends, including a classmate obsessed with a nearby labyrinth and determined to get inside. As she decides where her next path will lead, she just might discover that her words — and herself — have found a new way to belong. This gentle story about a Taiwanese-American girl finding an identity she's proud to claim is full of character and heart.
"Taiwanese-American budding poet Beatrix Lee, taking after her free-spirited artist parents, has always danced to the beat of her own playlist....When Bea emerges from the intricately drawn maze of her conflicting feelings, she makes a mature decision with a compassionate twist. The author includes a list of the songs in Bea’s soundtrack, but her allusions to other books go unidentified, enjoyable Extra Credit Curveballs (as Bea’s teacher would call them). Gets to the heart of middle school awkwardness like a sympathetic haiku." -- Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Sep 19, 2017|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|