Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.7
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What if you had not one, but two big secrets from your best friend? Should you tell her and not keep it from her, or keep it to yourself knowing that one day it may be a problem? This is the difficult situation that Katie faces. She wants to tell her best friend, Ana, that she is adopted and that she has a heart issue, but it just never seems to be the right time. Ana has problems of her own. Her dad, a hockey player, has left her, her mom, and her younger brother. Ana's mom has not taken the break up very well and Ana's family is falling apart. To make things worse, her grandmother from Russia comes for the Thanksgiving holidays and makes things even worse. While Katie is trying to find out about her real parents without her adopted family finding out, Ana is trying to put her family back together before it completely falls apart. When Katie and Ana get into a fight and quit speaking to each other things go from bad to worse with these two friends. As Ana's younger brother, Mikey, is rushed to the hospital with a life-threatening injury, will Katie and Ana be able to overcome their issues and work together to mend both of their families?
I loved this story about two best friends and the issues they go through. Throw in a feisty, Russian grandmother and you have a story that you can't put down.
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.