October 6, 2011
When economic hardship forces her family to leave their home in Buenos Aires, teenage Dani has a hard time adjusting to life in New York City, where everything is different except her father’s depression. She befriends an unpopular classmate with Asperger’s Syndrome and through him, his pretty, popular sister. They too know suffering, because they lost their father on 9/11. Background information about the situation of Argentinean Jews is seamlessly woven into a story about modern-day immigrants and one strong, spirited teen. Another values-rich novel by the author is Confessions of a Closet Catholic.