Winner of the 2011 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People
2012 Silver Birch Fiction Award nominee
Shortlisted for the 2011 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
Shortlisted for the 2011 Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award
A 2012 "Woozles' Battle of the Books" Elementary List Title
2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, Bronze Medalist
A young boy must come to terms with the moral prejudices of his small town in the prairies in the 40's when he befriends the daughter of a young widow who moves in next door. Gracie is unlike anyone Luke has ever met - fun, charming, imaginative and full of life. But when the townsfolk discover that her mother's past is less than completely honourable, they set out to isolate both mother and daughter.
This striking new novel from Valerie Sherrard explores themes of friendship, loyalty, hypocrisy, and forgiveness.