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Date: February 2020
Duration: 9 hours 18 minutes
For fans of Rebecca Stead and Joan Bauer comes a scrappy, poignant, uplifting debut about family, friendship, and the importance of learning both how to offer help and how to accept it.
'A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life.' --Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series
Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade. Cal is awkward, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her. Jeanne Ann wants Cal's help just about as much as she wants to live in a van.
As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they're buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters, who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. Debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, pulling it off with the perfect balance of humor, heartbreak, and hope.
'Insightful [and] touching...Not to be missed.' --Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice
'You won't be able to put it down. Trust.' --ScaryMommy.com
'For readers of Dan Gemeinhart [and] Katherine Applegate.' --The Children's Book Review
'Relatable and beautifully told.' --Commonsense Media
'Utterly of this moment.' --Jack Cheng, author of See You in the Cosmos
'Absorbing and warmhearted.' --Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series
'Realistically hopeful...Recommended.' --SLC