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Publisher's Summary

A lyrical and heartfelt collection by an award-winning author that connects the lives of young people from small towns in Alaska and the American West. Each story is unique, yet universal.

In this book, the impact of wildfire, a wayward priest, or a mysterious disappearance ricochet across communities, threading through stories. Here, ordinary actions such as ice skating or going to church reveal hidden truths. One choice threatens a lifelong friendship. Siblings save each other. Rescue and second chances are possible, and so is revenge. 

On the surface, it seems that nothing ever happens in these towns. But Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock shows that underneath that surface, teenagers' lives blaze with fury, with secrets, and with love so strong it burns a path to the future.

©2021 Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (P)2021 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

Short-listed for the Carnegie Medal

William C Morris YA Debut Award, Finalist

Multiple best of the year lists

 “Exquisitely drawn, deeply heartfelt.” (Booklist, starred review)

  “A singular debut.” (Wall Street Journal)

“This will inspire readers to count degrees of separation and ponder the temporal and spatial distances tragedy can reach.” (The Bulletin)

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