When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet.Read more...
When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets her younger sister, Rain-someone more lost than she is- that she begins to see things for how they really are, allowing Apple to discover something that might help her to feel truly whole again.
From the author of the acclaimed The Weight of Water comes a beautifully-crafted, moving novel about family, betrayal, and the ultimate path to healing.
- ISBN-13: 9781619636903
- ISBN-10: 1619636905
- Publisher: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
- Publish Date: May 2015
- Page Count: 352
- Reading Level: Ages 13-UP
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-06
- Reviewer: Staff
What happens when you get the thing you’ve longed for, but not the way you pictured it? Apple Apostolopoulou has spent the last 11 years imagining her mother returning to the small English town where 14-year-old Apple lives with her grandmother. And then her mother reappears. Apple leaps at the chance to move back in with her mother, who is young and pretty, doesn’t scold or forbid, and understands how abandoned Apple feels. Then Apple meets a previously unknown sister, 10-year-old Rain, who has a doll she believes is a real baby. At first needy Rain is an annoyance, but the more time the girls spend together—usually because Apple is stuck babysitting Rain while their feckless mother is out—the closer they get. Crossan (The Weight of Water) capably portrays Apple’s mixed loyalties, the way writing poetry helps her admit her real feelings, and her burgeoning romance with a sweet and sensible classmate, Del. The ending, in which multiple dangers arise and are averted, is overly tidy, but readers, especially younger ones, will cheer for Apple and Rain. Ages 13–up. Agent: Julia Churchill, A.M. Heath. (May)