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By Jacqueline Woodson

A powerfully relocating novel from a three-time Newbery Honor-winning author

Evie Thomas isn't really who she was. as soon as she had a ally, a contented domestic and a loving grandmother dwelling within reach. as soon as her identify used to be Toswiah.

Now, every little thing is assorted. Her family members has been pressured to maneuver to a brand new position and alter their identities. yet that is not all that has replaced. Her as soon as vigorous father has turn into depressed and quiet. Her mom leaves educating at the back of and clings to a new-found faith. Her in simple terms sister is making mystery plans to leave.

And Evie, suffering to discover her method in a brand new urban the place young children will not be pleasant and the terrain is as strange as her identify, wonders who she is.

Jacqueline Woodson weaves a desirable portrait of a considerate younger girl's coming of age in a global grew to become upside down

A nationwide e-book Award Finalist

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He is aware the scene, she’d say. From begin to end already. whether we don’t have a clue. whilst the lads got here, anything stepped outdoors of me and watched with its palms folded. Nodding. because the males drove us away, that anything lifted its hand and waved. I watched it. i used to be it. It’s long past now. Lulu lived 5 doorways down from us. prior that night, ahead of the bullets got here throughout the kitchen window, she had tiptoed as much as my room and hugged me the best way she had performed such a lot of nights ahead of. We had identified we might be leaving yet didn’t understand precisely while. each one morning earlier than university, Lulu and that i hugged one another hard—thankful for one more day jointly. every one evening, we cried and acknowledged our good-byes. Lulu and that i have been born within the related clinic. Our moms stated we became towards one another in our neighboring incubators and smiled. We have been either born a month too quickly in the course of the evening. We either weighed below 5 kilos. while Lulu left my room, I pressed my face opposed to the pane and cried. Cameron used to be in her personal room. Months later, she could inform me that after the boys got here, she used to be in the midst of writing a letter to Joseph. i feel I enjoyed him as soon as, she acknowledged. i am hoping you don’t ever need to understand what it’s prefer to depart a man you really liked. I enjoyed Lulu, I stated. And Grandma. And Matt Cat. It’s diverse, notwithstanding. the way in which I felt for Joseph, ahead of he began announcing all that silly stuff and exhibiting his actual shades, is . . . I don’t understand. It’s anything on your center. You don’t get it. You’re too younger. I’m the right age to grasp we merely have one center, I acknowledged. Love is love. the lads have been QUIET, TALL. ONE BLACK. ONE white. while Cameron requested the place the following position was once, the lads acknowledged it was once too harmful to inform us. We climbed right into a van with blacked-out home windows. Matt Cat had long gone to stay with Grandma days ahead of. yet because the van rumbled off, I swore i may pay attention him howling. The black guy wore a yellow jacket. The white one wore a peacoat. The black one’s hair used to be reduce like my father’s—a little at the best, the edges and again shaved shut. He was once the person who advised us what our final identify will be. You’ll need to choose new first ones, he acknowledged. Toswiah used to be my grandmother’s identify and her mother’s identify, too. every time I instructed an individual my identify for the 1st time, I needed to spell it out for them. Toswiah, I’d say slowly—pronouncing it Tos-wee-ah in order that it didn’t get mispronounced. Then I’d look ahead to them to head on approximately how strange it used to be. i'm tall and slim like Cameron and Mama. We put on our hair an identical way—pulled again right into a braid that forestalls among our shoulders. Our hair is kinky sufficient to stick braided with none elastics or barrettes. all of us 3 have a similar sq. jaw and sharp cheekbones. amazing, my mom used to claim. Does that suggest lovely? I’d ask her. yet she’d simply smile and shake her head, inform me being lovely didn’t topic. Cameron has eyebrows like our father—thick and black. occasionally i feel she’s appealing. occasionally I can’t stand the sight of her. The evening we left Denver, we have been dressed virtually alike—blue hooded sweatshirts beneath red down vests.

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