From the New York Times best-selling creator of the Vanderbeekers series comes a triumphant tale of friendship, healing, and the power of believing in ourselves told from the perspective of biracial sixth-graders June and Tyrell, two children living in a homeless shelter. As their friendship grows over a shared love of classical music, June and Tyrell confront a new housing policy that puts homeless families in danger.
It's June’s first day at Huey House, and as if losing her home weren’t enough, she also can’t bring her cherished viola inside. Before the accident last year, her dad saved tip money for a year to buy her viola, and she’s not about to give it up now. Tyrell has been at Huey House for three years and gives June a glimpse of the good things about living there: friendship, hot meals, and a classical musician next door. Can he and June work together to oppose the government, or will families be forced out of Huey House before they are ready?
About the Author
Karina Glaser is the New York Times best-selling author of The Vanderbeekers series.A former teacher as well as employee of New York City's largest provider of transitional housing for the homeless, Karina is now a contributor to Book Riot. She lives in Harlem, New York City with her husband, two daughters, and assortment of rescued animals. One of her proudest achievements is raising two kids who can't go anywhere without a book.
"A beautiful and compelling story about the discovery of power, with a world of characters I miss already."--Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me "Karina Yan Glaser doesn’t flinch from the truth that too many kids are carrying such heavy weights through this world. With hope and humor, she shows us how friends and found family have the power to lighten the load. This book will make your heart sing." --Christina Soontornvat, two-time Newbery Honor recipient
"This is a hopeful and inspiring story about the lives of children who are rarely represented in middle-grade fiction. The young people engage in activism that is both thought-provoking and profound....A powerful, heartwarming, and thoughtful tale of kids cultivating chosen families during challenging circumstances." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)