Ever since her mother left a few years ago, Annie has felt like the odd one out in her family. Her dad and brother are practical and organized — they just don't understand the way she thinks, in lines and color. Everywhere she turns, she feels like an outsider, even at school, so she's been reluctant to get close to anyone.
When a "Ding-Dong-Ditch" attempt goes wrong, Annie finds herself stuck making amends with Gloria, the eccentric elderly lady she disturbed. As she begins to connect with Gloria and her weird little dog, it becomes clear that Gloria won't be able to live on her own for much longer. But it's this brief and important friendship that gives Annie the confidence to let people in, and see how rich life can be when you decide to make your own luck and chart your own path to happiness.
In this heartwarming novel, Gillian McDunn, the highly acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer, shows us that even the most unexpected friendship has the power to change us forever.
"Caring for Gloria’s beloved hound helps Annie overcome her longtime fear of the creatures, sparked by a dog attack, and as the two unearth old pictures — of Gloria’s siblings, travels, and surprising talents — Annie begins to wonder about these changing versions of the now frail woman she visits daily, and the choices and experiences that define who a person becomes. Annie’s journey to break free of the guilt she carries, about Gloria’s accident and her own mother’s leaving, and to embrace her true self — including the wild imagination and creativity she shared with her mom — offer quiet triumph through a tenderly drawn intergenerational relationship and Annie’s expressive voice." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||9 - 12|
|Publication Date||Mar 2, 2021|
|Publisher||Bloomsbury Children's Books|