"A thought-provoking examination of familial love." -Booklist "A great coming-of-age story for fans ofNick and Norah's Infinite Playlistand Thanks for the Trouble." -School Library Journal After Charlotte's father is kidnapped, she and her mother must overcome their differences and find a way to rescue him in this eloquent, moving portrayal of family from the author of William C. Morris Award finalist Tell Me Something Real. In search of the perfect story to put a human face on a tragedy, Charlotte's reporter dad will fly into the eye of a storm. And now he's heading to Ukraine, straight into the aftermath of a deadly earthquake. Charlotte doesn't want him to leave. She doesn't want to spend the week alone in a silent house with her mother, whose classically Russian reserve has built a wall between them that neither knows how to tear down. Charlotte is holding it together okay-until the FBI comes knocking on her door. Her father has been taken hostage! The quake has left so many orphans and widows, but Charlotte refuses to be counted among them. Whatever it takes to get her dad back, she'll do it. Even if it means breaking a promiseor the law.
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