Here is a masterful novel from National Book Award-winner Kimberly Willis Holt. The story opens as ten-year-old Daniel moves across the country in the wake of his parents' divorce. He's leaving behind his dad and his friends, but taking his anger with him. Little does Daniel know what awaits on While-a-Way Lane, his quirky new neighbourhood. There he meets Tilda Butter who is gifted with the ability to communicate with animals. Though Daniel's reluctant to let Tilda in at first, he ultimately opens up to a special friendship and the hope of a new start.
Kimberly Willis Holt infuses a classic coming of age tale with a magical twist, all while thoughtfully exploring themes of divorce, acceptance, intergenerational friendship, and the power that comes with listening deeply.
Twenty three years ago Kimberly Willis Holt stopped talking about wanting to be a writer and started to pursue her dream. Because of her family's Louisiana roots she considers herself a southerner, but her father's military career took her to places beyond the South, including Paris and Guam. She's the author of more than fifteen books for a wide range of ages, many of which have won awards and honors. Her third novel, When Zachary Beaver Came to Town won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She writes and gardens in Texas.