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Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she’d magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a “hipster.” She’d be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she’d certainly be able to change her family’s secret.

Seventh grade is not turning out the way Mysti had planned. With the help of a hot air balloon, her new friend Rama Khan, and a bright orange coat, can she find the courage to change?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wrenching and rewarding read.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Casey Holloway’s precise articulation captures precocious twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy, who dreams of visiting Paris, though she has never left town due to her mother’s agoraphobia…Holloway’s vocal characterizations give listeners a glimpse into the way each character struggles with his or her own fears…Though Holloway’s initial tone of bravado is assertive, even potentially abrasive, it contrasts well with her calmer, more self-aware tone as Mysti matures.”


  • “Shows that change is coming for everyone, but they can find the courage within themselves to make the best of it. A solid addition for most middle-grade collections.”

    School Library Journal

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, August 2014
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About the Author

Karen Harrington is the author of several middle-grade books and her debut novel Janeology, a psychological thriller about mental illness and filicide. She is the recipient of honors from the Hemingway Short Story Festival, the Texas Film Institute Screenplay Contest, and the Writer’s Digest National Script Contest. Karen lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, children, and much-loved, sneaky dog.