Sonya Sones never disappoints. Her novels in verse have captivated many of my students and lured in the most reluctant readers I have worked with. This new title, published October 18, 2016 is no exception.
14 year old Molly is spending her winter break avoiding the sad remains of her family. Her workaholic father is no match for her pot-addled mother. As Molly travels around town with her service dog she meets a cute boy on the pier and spots Red, a homeless teen living on the streets of the town. Molly decides that everything will get better if she can just get Red home to her family for Christmas. With the help of Cristo, her maybe-boyfriend, Molly sets out to save Red.
But, like everything in YA novels, it is not that simple.
The cover itself supports the plot: we only see the part of Red that Red wants us to see. But if we peek closely at the lettering we know that there is more to her than meets the eye.
Source: ARC from publisher
Audience: 7th-8th grade and up
*drug use by Molly’s mother is not glamorized or described in great detail.