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380 pages, Hardcover
First published August 29, 2013
Twelve year old Willow Chance is a genius in many fields but finds it difficult to connect with people. When her adopted parents die in a car crash, she is left alone in a world where there’s no one to understand her. How Willow gets back on her feet again with the help of a motley assortment of people forms the crux of the story.
The book is written in the first person perspective of Willow and third person povs of many other key characters.
🌟 “When you care about other people, it takes the spotlight off your own drama.”
🌟 “For someone grieving, moving forward is the challenge. Because after extreme loss, you want to go back.”
🌟 “Every person has lots of ingredients to make them into what is always a one-of-a-kind creation.”
🌟 “Maybe that happens when you've been through a lot. All of your edges are worn off, like sea glass. Either that, or you shatter.”
🌟 “I'm not brave; it's just that all other choices have been thrown out the window.”
I have trouble concentrating, but I still attempt to search for reading material involving losing a parent. I find no literature or empirical data directed to a middle schooler. If I were a publisher, I would immediately initiate a series of books for kids who have to cope with the death of their mother or father.
There must be a commonality in the experience of losing a parent that makes it worthwhile to share the particulars of the occurrence. Especially for the young. More literary output is needed from professionals in this area. Please pass along this request to the appropriate people in the world of publishing.
Dell Duke is not a bad person. He is just bad at being a person.Such good stuff, right?
The burden of ownership means everything has a price.
Plants (like people) thrive when there is balance.
I'll be ready. I'm not sure for what exactly. But maybe that's what being ready really means.
He said that the cat was a therapy dog. I appreciate his support, but I sincerely hope that he's not running the show.
A second can feel like forever if what follows is heartbreak.