by Lynne Rae Perkins | Grades: 4-6 | Ages: 8-12 | Lexile Level: 820
This winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal is a poignant coming-of-age story about a young girl and her friends whose paths cross--and stories criss cross--over one summer.
Debbie wished something would happen. Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon. Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what? So much can happen in a summer.
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