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For as long as I can remember, It’s just been Daddy and me. I can’t remember my mother. I was told she died in an accident when I was four, and that’s all I know about her. I don’t understand why there isn’t even a picture of her. The other thing I don’t understand is why we’re always moving—different towns—with no explanations. I know something is wrong. It begins with my birth certificate—my only link to my mother. Then I overhear a conversation: “Tell terri the truth ,” Why are we moving all the time? Are we running away from something or someone? What kind of secret is Daddy hiding…and why can’t he share it with me.
Mom held me around the waist, and I bent and kissed her. “I love you, honey,” she said. “Love you, too.” It was automatic. That’s what I can’t forget.
When a heart attack takes her mom’s life, Sarabeth suddenly loses the only family and home she has ever known. Cynthia and Billy, friends of her mother, take in Sarabeth to live with them and their baby in their tiny one-bedroom apartment. Before long it becomes clear to Sarabeth that she is a burden to them, an intrusion in their lives. She wants to leave, but where can she go?
With startling emotional accuracy and depth, Newbery Honor-winning author Norma Fox Mazer captures what it’s like to lose everything but the memories of a home and a mother, and to gain the courage to heal deep wounds.
At fifteen, Rachel is a worrier. She worries about whether her family understands her, whether her friends like her, and whether she’ll get her first kiss before she turns sixteen. And she worries about whether she can handle having a real boyfriend if he does come along.
But it takes a dying old man—her grandfather—who has never been easy for anyone to handle, to show Rachel she has very special abilities. With love and compassion, she reaches the heart of an old tyrant who has always been unreachable. And in so doing, she comes to a better understanding of her family, her friends, and herself.