Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 5.9
How would you feel if you were a sick twelve-year-old kid who had the perfect brother and a hovering mom? What if you and your best friend had sort of drifted apart and you didn't really have a friend? What if you by happenstance meet a new friend in the woods who is fun, energetic, mysterious, and full of imagination? Would you risk everything just to keep that friend? This is exactly what Caleb does when he meets Kit. Up to this point in Caleb's life everything is very structured and organized in Caleb's life. Caleb has cystic fibrosis and he has to take his medicines and treatments at the same time everyday, he has to eat a certain amount of food everyday, and he is limited in his activity because he can become tired very easily. It is so bad that even at school he has certain privileges that other kids don't get, and this does not make him very popular. So when Caleb meets Kit, his whole world is changed. She doesn't know about his sickness so she doesn't treat him differently like the other kids do. She is new in town and she just wants a friend too. They both decide to keep their friendship a secret and this is the beginning of their deception. Caleb is supposed to be at summer camp but he ditches most days and sneaks off into the woods for fun and adventure with Kit. But what happens when all of the lying and deceit catches up to him and he gets sick while he is in the woods. What will happen to Kit when the true reality of her home life becomes public? Will Caleb and Kit's friendship survive when all of the lies come crashing down? This is a must read tale of friendship and determination to find ones own self.
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.