How to Build a Heart
All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. Her father, a marine, died in Iraq six years ago, and Izzy’s moved to a new town nearly every year since, far from the help of her extended family in North Carolina and Puerto Rico. When Izzy’s hardworking mom moves their small family to Virginia, all her dreams start clicking into place. She likes her new school—even if Izzy is careful to keep her scholarship-student status hidden from her well-to-do classmates and her new athletic and popular boyfriend. And best of all: Izzy’s family has been selected by Habitat for Humanity to build and move into a brand-new house. Izzy is this close to the community and permanence she’s been searching for, until all the secret pieces of her life begin to collide.
How to Build a Heart is the story of Izzy’s journey to find her place in the world and her discovery that the choices we make and the people we love ultimately define us and bring us home.
JLG Release: Apr 2020
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
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School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language, Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Violence: Mild Violence, Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse
Habitat for Humanity International, Inc, Home, Single-parent families, Hispanic and Latino Americans, High schools, Domestic abuse, Friendship, Singing, Family, Social classes,