It’s sad but true: too many kids become victims when the adults in their lives make serious mistakes and commit crimes. And what’s also true is that their needs are often underestimated or overlooked. Eighth grade Jenna and her younger brother Jeremy narrate this tale that begins on the day their psychologist father shot and killed their artist mother–in broad daylight outside a downtown coffee shop. Readers live the hours, weeks and next few months as the kids cope with their new reality, and try to make sense of what happened. The characters are well developed, and the story contains a number of surprising twists. There are two copies in the classroom library–perfect for two friends to read and talk about together.
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