Where the Heart Is

Title

Where the Heart Is

Authors

Jo Knowles

Publisher

Candlewick

Publication Year

2019

ISBN

9781536200034

Pages

304 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

It’s the first day of summer and Rachel's thirteenth birthday. She can't wait to head to the lake with her best friend, Micah. But as summer unfolds, every day seems to get more complicated. Her “fun” new job taking care of the neighbors’ farm animals quickly becomes a challenge, whether she’s being pecked by chickens or having to dodge a charging pig at feeding time. At home, her parents are more worried about money than usual, and their arguments over bills intensify. Fortunately, Rachel can count on Micah to help her cope with all the stress. But Micah seems to want their relationship to go beyond friendship, and though Rachel almost wishes for that, too, she can’t force herself to feel “that way” about him. In fact, she isn’t sure she can feel that way about any boy — or what that means. With all the heart of her award-winning novel See You At Harry's, Jo Knowles brings us the story of a girl who must discover where her heart is and what that means for her future.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

680L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ; Poverty; Gay/Lesbian; living in poverty; impoverished family; impoverished parents; impoverished child; starvation; financial hardship; lesbian; queer; lesbian child; same sex relationship

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Undetermined

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2019, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

school; summer; classes; beach; farm; friendship; siblings; best friends

Diversity Impact

direct

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