Twelve-year-old Lucy is not prepared to be the new kid at school. She’s still grieving her brother, Theo, who recently died from a congenital heart defect. Her parents are so intent on a “fresh start‚” that she doesn’t know how to talk to them anymore. And the other kids in her grade are survivors of a very different kind of tragedy: a school shooting that devastated their small town four years ago.
Without the shared past that both unites and divides her classmates, Lucy feels lost. Even her love of math doesn’t offer the absolute answers she craves. But when an after-school mime class gives her a chance to forge new kinds of connections, Lucy finds that while grief can take many shapes and sadness may feel infinite, love is just as powerful.
This poignant novel offers a lens through which young readers can process the weighty reality that school shootings occur and leave a lasting impact, while exploring how empathy and communication are a way forward through all kinds of grief.