An Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Four Starred Reviews
From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is rightA??even in the face of great opposition.
Zoe Washington isnA??t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father sheA??s never met, hadnA??t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and whoA??s been in prison for a terrible crime?
A crime he says he never committed.
Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks ZoeA??s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that sheA??s worthy of auditioning for Food NetworkA??s Kids Bake Challenge.
But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and MarcusA??s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesnA??t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.
"When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she sets out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")
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