An unconventional high school girl, Celine is creative and bright. She lives with her young stepmother in a shabby, rented artist's loft, where her days are filled with the flurry of school classes, imaginative drawings, and erratic schedules. Celine wants to graduate a year early and spend a summer in Italy. But unless she rewrites a sloppy essay, she will flunk English. So to pass and graduate, she must avoid distraction-and the lonely little boy in the apartment across the hall-long enough to rewrite the dreaded assignment. As she gets pulled into the child's life, however, distraction becomes the least of her concerns. Brock Cole, award-winning author of The Goats, writes books that offer realistic, but gently humorous, portraits of teenagers. By drawing the reader into her intriguing world, Celine has captivated young adults and critics across the country.