If you leave L.A. before the morning smog burns off and head out the Five up to Hungry Valley...
Available in hard cover: Orchard Books (Now a division of Scholastic Inc.)
The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award:
Honor Book, Fiction, 1995
Child Study 1994 Children's Book Award,
Bank Street College
American Library Association: Best of the Best
ALA Best Book for Young Adults
ALA Notable Children's Book
ALA Quick Picks for the Reluctant Young Adult Reader
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library:
100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
New York Public Library: Books for the Teen Age
International Reading Association: Young Adult's Choice
Los Angeles Public Library:
Friends of Children and Literature Award
Children's Literature Council of Southern California: Award for Distinguished Fiction
"Twelve-year-old Slim narrates this heart-wrenching novel about the final few months of her father's life as he battles AIDS. Reluctantly attending a support group for kids from families with AIDS, Slim meets Isaiah, whose quirky compassion and naive belief in miracles force Slim to confront her deep-seated prejudices and fears. When the support group and families all take a nightmarish journey to a miracle shrine called the Face of God, hope is revealed as the simplest of gifts, allowing Slim to understand that even the smallest gestures, a joke to ease the pain or a letter to a faceless bureaucrat, can help change the world."
"Surprising--and convincing--affirmations of life itself."
--Starred review, Publishers Weekly
"Major and minor characters are real people and never case studies....The gripping story, which includes a healthy dose of humor, ends gently....This special book should find a wide audience."
--Starred review, School Library Journal
"A fine, affecting novel."
--The New York Times Book Review
"A warm and satisfying book, one of the best books for teenagers I've read in a long while."
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
"[An] exemplary novel...a beautifully written and moving story....Nelson does a brilliant job of conveying the reality of these characters."
--Michael Cart, "Carte Blanche," Booklist
"A life-affirming miracle of a book written in crystalline prose."
School Library Journal, SLJ's Best Books, 1994
"A tender, respectful story of the strength of love in the face of death."
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
--Starred review, The Horn Book
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