A Chicago Tribune Favorite Book of the Year
A New York Times Editor's Choice
A Booksense Selection
A Barnes & Noble Discover Greate New Writers Pick
A Borders Original Voices PIck
Meet Sebby Lane, an unusual eight-year-old boy who experiences the world more vividly than most. Cristina Garcia has called him "a Little Prince for our times."
When Sebby's mother dies suddenly, he misses her so acutely that he begins to dream and even re-live moments of her life. After an incident at school, Sebby's father takes him to the family's summerhouse, hoping it will give both of them the time and space to recover. But Sebby's father deteriorates in this new isolation, leaving Sebby to reach out to a favorite teacher back home, writing his private thoughts in letters to her. Sebby's correspondence as well as the new and unexpected friendships he forges with neighborhood children, help pull him out of the void of the past. Nevertheless, Sebby's struggle to understand his mother leads him to wonder if he is meant to share her fate.