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Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That’s because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective, prying mom and a big brother who is perfect in every way.
Then Caleb meets Kit-a vibrant, independent, and free girl who lives in a house in the woods-and his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb’s palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky, turns every day into an adventure, and never sees him as his disorder. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit’s friend means embracing deception and, more and more, danger. Soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what’s best for him-or Kit.
Oh, my heart! I am so madly in love with this book, I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely loved how plucky and strong Caleb was, how he refused to allow his CF to define him, and how fiercely independent he was. And then there’s feisty Kit, with her fantastic imagination and fierce sense of survival. I was cheering their friendship on from the beginning. They were a match made in literary heaven.
As much as I love this book and think everyone should read it, it’s important to note that it deals with really hard topics, both individually and in how they look after each other. But that’s exactly why everyone should read it. Vrabel has taken these very intense topics, cystic fibrosis and a highly unstable, probably violent homelife, and brought it to life in a way that young readers can understand and relate to. It felt realistic, and true to the ways I’d expect this age group to react in similar situations.
Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 256 pages, Running Press Kids, September 12, 2017