Lou Montgomery has the voice of an angel, or so her mother tells her and anyone else who will listen. But 12-year-old Lou can only hear the fear in her own voice. She’s never liked crowds or loud noises or even high fives; in fact, she’s terrified of them, which makes her pretty sure there’s something wrong with her.
When Lou crashes their pickup on a dark and snowy road, child services separate the mother-daughter duo. Now she has to start all over again at a fancy private school far away from anything she’s ever known. With help from an outgoing new friend, her aunt and uncle, and the school counselor, she begins to see things differently. A sensory processing disorder isn’t something to be ashamed of, and music might just be the thing that saves Lou — and maybe her mom, too.
From the author of the acclaimed Roll with It comes a moving novel about a girl with a sensory processing disorder whose world turns upside down — and drives her to finds her own voice.
"Lou’s new world — regular meals, a fancy private school, and a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder — overwhelms her even more. Her voice alternately wry, naïve, and wise beyond her years, Lou confronts sensory overload, self-consciousness, and her simultaneous love for and anger toward her mother in poetic, poignant prose. The way she contrasts poverty and privilege is thought-provoking; her dread of being labeled a 'special-needs kid' is realistic.... A vivid, sensitive exploration of invisible disability, family bonds, and the complex reality of happily-ever-after." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Sep 1, 2020|
|Publisher||Atheneum Books for Young Readers|