WHERE THE HEART IS
If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity. It’s the first day of summer and Rachel's thirteenth...Show more...
- ISBN: 9781536200034
- Author: Jo Knowles
- Publisher: Walker Books Australia
- Product Type: Textbook
- Format: Paperback
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If home is where the heart is, what would happen if you lost it? Compassion and humor infuse the story of a family caught in financial crisis and a girl struggling to form her own identity.
It’s the first day of summer and Rachel's thirteenth birthday. She can't wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah. But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify.
Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy or what that means. With all the heart of her award-winning novel See You At Harry's, Jo Knowles brings us the story of a girl who must discover where her heart is and what that means for her future.
In this novel, See You at Harry’s author Jo Knowles returns to middle grade, demonstrating her uncanny ability to perfectly portray the emotions and struggles of this age group of readers.
A sensitive and poignant exploration of financial hardship for one family unable to keep up with the payments on the only home they’ve ever known and loved.
Protagonist Rachel has been best friends with Micah since they were tiny, and he’d like for their friendship to develop into something more. But Rachel isn’t sure she has romantic feelings for Micah or for any boy, for that matter. The subtle subplot featuring Rachel’s questioning of her emerging sexual identity benefits from Jo Knowles’s light and expert touch.
About the Author
Jo Knowles is the award-winning author of the young adult novels Lessons from a Dead Girl, Jumping Off Swings, and Read Between the Lines, among others. She has also written two middle-grade novels: Still a Work in Progress and See You at Harry’s. She lives in Vermont.
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