“One summer Stella goes to live with her great-aunt Louise on Cape Cod. Angel, a foster child, has joined them in the sprawling old house that has four charming cottages nearby. Stella and Angel are like oil and water: Stella craves routine and neatness, while frosty Angel is anything but angelic. An unimaginable tragedy unites the girls, and the little cottages and their inhabitants challenge and comfort Stella and Angel as they work hard to keep their secret. This suspenseful and touching book shows the importance of really taking the time to know another person.”
— Joanne Doggart, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Chatham, MA
From Clementine author Sara Pennypacker, this is a poignant middle-grade novel about two foster children who must find a way to work together in order to survive.
Eleven-year-old Stella misses her (unreliable) mom, but she loves it at great-aunt Louise’s house. Louise lives on Cape Cod, where Stella hopes her mom will someday come and settle down. The only problem? Angel, the foster kid Louise has taken in. The two girls live together but there’s no way they’ll ever be friends.
Then Louise suddenly passes away one morning—and Stella and Angel decide not to tell anyone. Now they have to depend on each other for survival. Now they are forced to trust each other with the biggest secret ever.
With great empathy and humor, Sara Pennypacker tells the story of two very different girls who unexpectedly become each other’s true family.
Sara Pennypacker is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pax; the award-winning Clementine series and its spinoff series, Waylon; and the acclaimed novels Summer of the Gypsy Moths and Here in the Real World. She divides her time between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Florida. You can visit her online at www.sarapennypacker.com.