Davey’s father is killed tragically one night while working in the family store. When they struggle to adjust to life without her father, Davey and her family go to stay with relatives where she faces new challenges and meets the mysterious Wolf; her first new friend.
It is so bizarre writing this book review now almost (cough) 25 years since I read it the first time. Although some of the references are not as popular as they once were (Bruce Springsteen and Charlie perfume), the message of dealing with loss is timeless. I remember the first time I read this book crying when Davey finally goes into her closet for the paper bag. I had no clue what was inside and was rocked to the core. As an adult, not quite the same reaction, but was moved by entirely different parts of the book like the fear that cripples the aunt and uncle in the story.
Absolutely love this quote from the book: “Some changes happen deep down inside of you. And the truth is, only you know about them. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be.”-Davey
Recommended Ages: Grades 7 and up
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Overall Opinion: Highly Recommended
Source: Book (in junior high) eBook (as adult)
I also made a ThingLink for this book. I’ll post to Twitter, but here is the link in case you are on there. 🙂