How to Build a Heart

By: Maria Padian

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.

ISBN: 9781616208493

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Violence, Domestic abuse
Topics: Habitat for Humanity International, Inc , Home , Single-parent families , Hispanic and Latino Americans , High schools , Domestic abuse , Friendship , Singing , Family , Social classes

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Izzy Crawford is a girl of many secrets. Her wealthy Catholic school friends don’t know that she’s a scholarship kid from a nearby trailer park. Her mom doesn’t know that she and her best friend Roz spend their afternoons stalking Roz’s crush, Sam Shackleton, and when Sam’s sister joins Izzy’s a cappella group, Izzy keeps it a secret fr Izzy Crawford is a girl of many secrets. Her wealthy Catholic school friends don’t know that she’s a scholarship kid from a nearby trailer park. Her mom doesn’t know that she and her best friend Roz spend their afternoons stalking Roz’s crush, Sam Shackleton, and when Sam’s sister joins Izzy’s a cappella group, Izzy keeps it a secret from Roz. But when Izzy’s family is selected to receive a house from Habitat for Humanity, each element of Izzy’s carefully distanced world starts to collide, and the weight of her secrets threatens to overwhelm her. As in Wrecked, Padian creates a compelling world with relatable characters and deals with serious issues without feeling heavy-handed. Izzy navigates issues of racism, classism, and cyberbullying, even within her own family. Her family frequently helps Roz to escape her abusive home life, and Izzy also helps Aubrey Shackleton overcome depression following a cyberbullying incident. This may seem like a lot of topics to tackle in one story, but they’re handled organically and with care, each given the weight that it deserves. If the Shackletons feel a bit too perfect and the ending a bit too pat, readers won’t mind because they’re hard-earned by the struggles that Izzy and her family overcome. An excellent classroom or book discussion starter. Hand this to readers who are ready to tackle these issues with a lighter touch.

Book Details

ISBN

9781616208493

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

352

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Algonquin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Violence, Domestic abuse

Topics

Habitat for Humanity International, Inc, Home, Single-parent families, Hispanic and Latino Americans, High schools, Domestic abuse, Friendship, Singing, Family, Social classes,

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