Twelve-year-old Hattie's uncle Adam returns home after ten years, having been institutionalized for mental illness.Their understanding and acceptance of each other is a revelation for both, in a family steeped in resentment. The depth of Adam's pain is such that he ultimately commits suicide. Hattie learns that facing life's realities, both gentle and harsh, is the only way to live fully. Mature Content.
Newbery Honor Book
ALA Notable Book