“I clearly hear four words: There’s been an accident. And after that in whispers comes the news that the two people I love the most in the world are gone forever.”
Despite this sad beginning, this is truly a book about how seemingly unrelated people can come together to create a family! The characters are a diverse as can be! We have Willow, an adopted 12-year-old non-white genius. Mai and Quang-ha Nguyen who have an African-American grandfather, a Vietnamese grandmother, and a Mexican father meet Willow at the office of a very disfunctional school counselor named Dell Duke. Then we have Pattie, mother of Mai and Quang-ha who agrees to let Willow come to live in their tiny garage despite the fact that she never met her before! And one more character: the Mexicano Taxi driver, Jairo Hernandez!
Sounds crazy, but this is a book that is hard to put down! It has humor and sadness and flawed people, but the author does a great job of weaving a delightful story!
This a book about people who don’t fit in. It’s a book about how people can get lost in a system, especially if they aren’t wealthy or influential! And it is a book about what can happen when there is caring and determination! My middle school book club kids loved this book!