Twelve-year-old Stevie's world changes drastically when her parents are tragically killed and she is forced to live with her estranged grandfather at his run-down motel. After failed attempts to connect with her grandfather, Stevie befriends the colourful motel tenants and neighbors. Together, they decide to bring some colour and life to the motel by planting a flower garden. It will take Stevie's departure before her grandfather realizes just how needed she is by everyone. This new novel from National Book Award-winning author Kimberly Willis Holt explores themes of loss, family, and love, and gets at the heart of what it means to find a place to call home.
Kimberly Willis Holt is the author of many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including Dear Hank Williams and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. Born in Pensacola, Florida, Holt has lived all over the U.S. and the world. She now lives in Texas with her family.