Macy Hollinquest is eleven years old, and don't count on her to change that anytime soon.
Her birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side. He'd promised to be there for her big day, and yet he's been gone for months—away after his discharge from the army, doing some kind of top secret, "important work."
So Macy's staying eleven, no matter what—that is, until she meets Ginger, a nice older lady who is searching for her missing dog. Ginger's dog search is the perfect cover for Macy's attempt to locate her dad. But her hunt puts her on a path to a head-on collision with the truth, where she discovers that knowing can sometimes be a heavy burden. And that change, when finally accepted, comes with an unexpected kind of grace.
Mary Penney's earnest, heartfelt story of change, loss, and new beginnings will resonate with young readers on the cusp of new beginnings, and stay in their hearts long after it's done.
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"Narrator Cassandra Morris's youthful voice aids in her portrayal of Macy, an 11-year-old who is reluctant to grow up. It's easy to understand why. In her idyllic past, her grandmother owned the town restaurant, her father was devoted to her, and she always had her best friend, Twee, to count on. Now her beloved grandmother has died, her father is on a military "special project," and she'll be facing middle school without Twee. Morris embraces Macy's overwhelming confusion, plunging listeners into her single-minded determination to find her father. There are clear clues that this narrator is unreliable, but Morris is so successful in creating Macy's strong voice and perspective that the poignant ending completes the picture of a girl whose grief and denial collide with the difficult reality of her life. S.W. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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