Author(s): Gary D. Schmidt
A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost.
"Schmidt provokes tears, despite his underplayed prose, with a tone and directness reminiscent of John Steinbeck." -- Nicolette Jones Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week "Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love" Kirkus, starred review "A YA novella about love and friendship and loyalty... be prepared to be moved" -- Martin Chilton Telegraph, The best young adult books of 2016 "Beautiful, tragic and heartbreaking" Guardian, The Best New Children's Books "Schmidt uses beautifully sparse language to tell a big story... This is a punchy and emotional book which will draw you in then spit you out crying at the end." Scotsman
Gary D. Schmidt is an American children's writer of nonfiction books and young adult novels, including two Newbery Honor books and one Printz Honor award. He lives on a farm in Michigan and has six children. He is a Professor of English at Calvin College.