Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780152054731, 288pp.
Publication Date: August 1, 2006
Kat is just twelve years old when her mother dies. Suddenly an orphan, she has no choice but to move in with her bitter, wealthy aunt--the same aunt who Kat believes caused her mother's death. And that is just the beginning of Kat's awful eighth-grade year. The thing that keeps her going, even in her darkest moments, is the promise she made the day her mother died. With an exceptional voice and haunting insight, Bonnie Shimko has written a story about uncovering dark family secrets, finding friends in the most unlikely places, and learning to let go. Kat is both wise beyond her years and frighteningly vulnerable--but above all, she is wholly unforgettable.
BONNIE SHIMKO is the author of the critically acclaimed Letters in the Attic, which won a Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.