Alfred A. Knopf
Living in a cottage on her uncle's southern California avocado ranch since her parent's messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.
Family Relationships; Divorce; Single parent; single mother; divoreced parents; custody
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2011
Kirkus Best Young Adult Books, 2010
Got Text Complexity? Selected Literature for Common Core Standards in English Language Arts (Grades 6-12, 2013
Made for Each Other: Exploring Topics through Fiction and NonFiction in Grades 6 - 12, 2013
Flume: NH Teen Reader's Choice Award, 2012
Read On Wisconsin, 2011-2012
Delaware Diamonds, 2012, Winner
National Book Award, 2010, Finalist, Young People's Literature
San Diego Book Award, 2011, 1st Place, Best Novel
wildfires; illegal aliens; immigrants; homeless persons; cousins; families; California
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