Sweeping Up the Heart by Kevin Henkes

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

It’s spring break, and Amelia wants more than anything to go to France like her best friend or even to Florida, like everyone else, but her father has too much work, so she’s resigned to spend her week at her favorite place, the local art studio. Louise, the owner of the studio and Amelia’s friend, introduces her to Casey, who is hanging out with his aunt while his parents are trying to decide if they should divorce. The two hit it off. While out for a walk one day they decide to play a game of renaming people on the street and making up their life stories, and that is the beginning of a new story for Amelia. Kevin Henkes is primarily known for his picture books, but he has written an impressive collection of middle grade fiction, and while I generally consider him to be somewhat taciturn, he knows how to craft a great book, and he really knows kids.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HENKES)

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