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Seven Clues to Home

By: Gae Polishner

Nora Raleigh Baskin

WHEN YOU’VE LOST WHAT MATTERS MOST,
HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR WAY BACK HOME?

Joy Fonseca is dreading her 13th birthday, dreading being reminded again about her best friend Lukas’s senseless death on this day, one year ago—and dreading the fact he may have heard what she accidentally blurted to him the night before. Or maybe she’s more worried he didn’t hear.

Either way, she’s decided: she’s going to finally open the first clue to their annual birthday scavenger hunt Lukas left for her the morning he died, hoping the rest of the clues are still out there. If they are, they might lead Joy to whatever last words Lukas wrote, and toward understanding how to grab onto the future that is meant to be hers.

ISBN: 9780593119624

JLG Release: Sep 2020


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language , Violence: Death , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Topics: Friendship , First love , Grief , Death of a friend , Drowning , Family life , Birthdays , Logic puzzles

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This tearjerker introduces readers to Joy, waking up on her 13th birthday, and Lukas, her best friend since second grade. His accidental death the previous year is the reason Joy is dreading the day. Lukas’s tradition of setting up a scavenger hunt for Joy’s birthday provides the structure for the story, as Joy decides to open last year’s fir This tearjerker introduces readers to Joy, waking up on her 13th birthday, and Lukas, her best friend since second grade. His accidental death the previous year is the reason Joy is dreading the day. Lukas’s tradition of setting up a scavenger hunt for Joy’s birthday provides the structure for the story, as Joy decides to open last year’s first clue and follow wherever it leads. In alternating chapters, the narrative flashes back to Lukas placing each clue. Readers will cheer Lukas on as he musters up the courage to share his burgeoning romantic feelings with Joy, and they will cheer Joy on as she bravely works through her grief and follows the clues. Both storylines end on a hopeful note, and readers can be reassured that Joy, with the help of her supportive family, will be able to move on. This bittersweet exploration of grief and growing up will appeal to thoughtful tweens.

Book Details

ISBN

9780593119624

First Release

September 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

208

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Library edition with trade jacket added

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language , Violence: Death , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion

Topics

Friendship, First love, Grief, Death of a friend, Drowning, Family life, Birthdays, Logic puzzles,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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