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Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely.


But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family.


And she must believe that love—even with someone who seems an improbable choice—is more than just a possibility.


 Indie Next List, August 2013

 Sequoyah Book Award Finalist 2013

 State Library Victoria Silver Inky Award Longlist 2014


"...realistically portrayed, beautifully written, and never feels contrived." 

– Booklist

"Doller gracefully handles complex issues including mental health, parental neglect, and trauma in a respectful manner that will ring true to readers." 

– School Library Journal

"...more than just a 'problem' novel. Callie's story is layered and engaging as she teeters on the edge of self-destruction." 


"Trish Doller writes strong, gutsy characters that you can't help caring for and Callie is no exception. Her journey is heartbreaking and powerful."

– Melina Marchetta, Printz Award winning author of Jellicoe Road

"A moving story told with compassion and insight." 

– Kirkus Reviews

"if you change out a few nineteenth-century elements for a can recognize the sturdy outline of an orphan story classic like Alcott’s Eight Cousins." 

– Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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