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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Poignant, thoughtful tale of teen's loss, grief, recovery.

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A poignant, at times lyrical exploration of recovery from loss, grief, healing, and the special bond that unites twins. Edwidge Danticat's graceful, gentle prose is compelling. She creates a protagonist to whom mature tweens and teens will relate despite her extraordinary circumstances by exploring universal themes about how family and friendship see us through life's most difficult times.

The mystery of how exactly the crash happened takes a back seat to exploring emotions, but Giselle's journey to recover keeps the pages turning. Danticat also carefully and lovingly evokes the culture and history of Haiti so it feels fresh and interesting without interfering with the overall somber tone. Teens in the mood for a quiet, thoughtful read who can handle the strong themes of loss will enjoy this enriching story.

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