This book took me a while to get through and not because I didn’t like it, I just wasn’t falling into the book as much as I wanted to. Yet, the book kept calling me back; I did want to see what would happen to Grace and whether she would find her home again. This book has so many positives; beautiful language, a story line that moves at a good pace, and somewhat believable characters. Yet, I am not sure who to pass it onto. I don’t know if it will suck my students in for some reason and I worry that they will get sick of it.
Yet, there is something beautiful here. The story deserves to be shared and read, so perhaps I will stand corrected. The book has clearly left an impression on me, I just don’t know why I am hesitating.
Bottomline: Add to your classroom library 4th grade and up but read it yourself first.
Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.
After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe itis her mother, showing her the way to her true home.