Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)
Fig, a sixth grader, wants desperately to see the world as her father sees it, but she’s unable to do so. Her dad is a once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years, and whose unpredictable good and bad days keep Fig on her toes. Her mother left the family the day she was born, so it’s always just been Fig and her dad. She’s a science and math nerd, but to try and understand her father better, takes an art class to experience life the way an artist does. Unfortunately, Fig’s dad shows up at school one day, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig, and she’s afraid that life as they know it will come crashing down around them. Before we know it, though, Mark, a neighbor from across the street, intervenes to help with her dad, and for the first time she can remember she’s not on her own. This is a powerful story fueled by a daughter’s love for her father, and what she’ll do to keep him safe.
For ages 10-14
Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC MELLEBY)