Interest Level: 3-6
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Have you ever had a fight with someone and then not had the chance to say your sorry? This is exactly what happened to Tash. She was not happy to have to go to camp for a month while her uncle goes to New Zealand. She doesn't understand why she can't stay home and let her next door neighbor, Cap'n Jackie, take care of her. She pleads her case with Cap'n Jackie but she says she can't be responsible for a child for a whole month. Tash is furious with her for not keeping her and she is furious with her uncle Kevin for going away and making her go to a stupid camp. The night before she leaves she throws the "magic" key that Cap'n Jackie gave her at her head, wrote some pretty nasty stuff on the wall in her room, and stormed out without saying anything else. She gives Kevin the silent treatment the whole way to the camp and he leaves without an apology also. Tash ends up having a great time at camp and makes a new best friend and she does feel sorry for how she acted. The problem is that when she gets home Cap'n Jackie is not at her home, and she never leaves, so Tash knows something is wrong. Where can she be? Tash has to break a window just to get in because the doors and windows are locked (which never happen). She cannot find her anywhere. Where could she be? Will Tash get the chance to make amends with Cap'n Jackie? Read this fast-paced book to find out how it ends!
My kids at school know that I am a slow reader. I need things fairly quiet or I will reread the same sentence 5 times. When I say that I read this book in a day, that says a lot. Don't miss this heart-wrenching story of love, family, friendship, and forgiveness.
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.