Ten-year-old Della has always had her older sister, Suki: When their mom went to prison, Della had Suki. When their mom’s boyfriend took them in, Della had Suki. When that same boyfriend did something so awful they had to run fast, Della had Suki. Suki is Della’s own wolf—her protector. But who has been protecting Suki? Della might get told off for swearing at school, but she has always known how to keep quiet where it counts. Then Suki tries to kill herself, and Della’s world turns so far upside down, it feels like it’s shaking her by the ankles. Maybe she’s been quiet about the wrong things. Maybe it’s time to be loud.
In this powerful novel that explodes the stigma around child sexual abuse and leavens an intense tale with compassion and humor, Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells a story about two sisters, linked by love and trauma, who must find their own voices before they can find their way back to each other.
Author’s note, with resources and discussion questions.
JLG Release: Dec 2020
Awards & Honors
2020 Kirkus Prize Finalist for Middle Grade
2021 Newbery Medal Honor Book
Publisher's Weekly Top 10 Best Middle Grade Books of 2020
8 3/10" x 5 1/2"
Level 3.6; Points: 7;
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Contact Between Adult and Minor , Violence: Suicide Reference/Discussion , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Reference or Discussion
Sisters, Foster parents, Friendship, Incarcerated parents, Sexual abuse of children, Consent, Trauma and healing,