Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All
When Frankie’s mother died and her father left her and her siblings at an orphanage in Chicago, she thought it was only supposed to be temporary—just long enough for him to get back on his feet be able to provide for them once again. That’s why she is not prepared for the day that he arrives for his weekend visit with a new woman on his arm and out-of-state train tickets in his pocket. Now Frankie and her sister, Toni, are abandoned to the orphanage, two young, unwanted women doing everything they can to survive. And as the embers of the Great Depression are kindled into the fires of World War II, and the shadows of injustice, poverty, and death walk the streets in broad daylight, it will be up to Frankie to find something worth holding on to in the ruins of this shattered America —every minute of every day spent wondering if the life she is able to carve out will be enough.
I will admit, I do not know the answer to this last question. But I will be watching, waiting to find out. That’s what ghosts do.
JLG Release: Feb 2020
Awards & Honors
2019 National Book Awards Finalist
SLJ Best Books - 2019
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019
CPL Best Books - 2019
Rise: A Feminist Book Project 2020 Top 10 List
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, School Library Journal*, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
8" x 6"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Balzer + Bray
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Sexual assault, Suicide, Violence, Alcohol, Physical abuse
Orphanages, World War II (1939–1945), Ghosts, Love, Family, Chicago, Illinois, Italian Americans, Independence, Girls and women,