What a book! I read it in one night and was moved to tears by the end of the book. Carley, the main character, has a wry sense of humor that I think middle schoolers and tweens can really relate to. What really recommends this book, though, is the fact that the sixth grader I recommended it to didn’t want to return this book to the library but wanted to keep it because she loved it so much.
Synopsis: Carley Connors ends up in foster care while her mother recovers after being attacked by her stepfather. Carley’s foster mom is Julie Murphy, is a a pretty suburban mom with three small boys. Carley, who was also attacked by her stepfather is haunted by the memory of the attack and has a hard time liking the Murphys. She says of her new home, “The whole place smells like dryer sheets. Reminds me of the Lucky’s Laundromat back in Vegas, but it isn’t nearly as bright.” Carley slowly starts to accept her foster family and even makes a friend at school. Everything is going well until Carley’s mom wakes from her coma and Carley has to go home.