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Quiet triumph through a tenderly drawn intergenerational relationship and Annie’s expressive voice. 

--Publishers Weekly, starred review

The heartfelt story of a girl's unexpected friendship that changes her forever.

Annie has always been the odd one out in her family. Her practical dad and brother just don't understand the way she thinks. Ever since her mother left a few years ago, Annie has been reluctant to get close to anyone. 

When a poor decision lands Annie in hot water, she must make amends by watching her elderly neighbor's weird dog all summer. As Annie begins to connect with her neighbor Gloria, it becomes clear that Gloria won't be able to live on her own much longer. But it's this brief and important friendship that gives Annie the confidence to let people in, and see how rich life can be when you decide to make your own luck and chart your own path to happiness. 

Age range: 8-13

Grade level: 3-8

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN-10: 1547605383

ISBN-13: 978-1547605385

Art by Oriol Vidal, design by Jeanette Levy

​★ Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Junior Library Guild selection

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