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Macy Hollinquest is eleven years old, and don’t count on her to change that anytime soon.

Her birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side. He’d promised to be there for her big day, and yet he’s been gone for months—away after his discharge from the army, doing some kind of top secret, “important work.”

So Macy’s staying eleven, no matter what—that is, until she meets Ginger, a nice older lady who is searching for her missing dog. Ginger’s dog search is the perfect cover for Macy’s attempt to locate her dad. But her hunt puts her on a path to a head-on collision with the truth, where she discovers that knowing can sometimes be a heavy burden. And that change, when finally accepted, comes with an unexpected kind of grace.

Mary Penney’s earnest, heartfelt story of change, loss, and new beginnings will resonate with young readers on the cusp of new beginnings, and stay in their hearts long after it’s done.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A sweet heartbreaker of a book. As important as it is endearing.”

    Ali Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Full of characters who start out stoic and scrappy but who slowly reveal themselves—to each other and to us—in the most honest and riveting and heartachey ways.”

    Liz Garton Scanlon, Caldecott Honor Winner

  • “Middle graders will relate to the theme of resisting change and accepting hard truths.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Driven by attractive, colorful characters, this tale is immersive and engaging…Lively, funny, tender, without being syrupy, and full of life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Compassionate portrayals of grief, courage, and resilience season this compelling coming-of-age story…Tender [and] emotionally satisfying.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Cassandra Morris’s youthful voice aids in her portrayal of Macy…Morris embraces Macy’s overwhelming confusion, plunging listeners into her single-minded determination to find her father…Morris is so successful in creating Macy’s strong voice and perspective that the poignant ending completes the picture of a girl whose grief and denial collide with the difficult reality of her life.”


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