A Booksense Selection
Alice Hoffman has created a modern fairy tale for adults and children in her most heart-breaking tale filled with echoes of loss and courage that bring 9/11 to mind.
Left on her own when her family is lost in a terrible disaster, fifteen-year-old Green is haunted by her present and her past. Struggling to survive in a place where nothing seems to grow and ashes are everywhere, Green retreats into the ruined realm of her garden. When she destroys her feelings, she also destroys herself, erasing the girl she’d once been as she inks ravens and bats onto her skin. It is only through a series of mysterious encounters with a white dog and a mute boy that Green relearns the lessons of love and begins to heal as she tells her story.
“Achingly lovely… In lean, hypnotic prose, Hoffman constructs a post-apocalyptic fairy tale leavened with hope.”
—Publishers Weekly starred and boxed review
“Beautifully written…this is both a survival story and an homage to the need to cherish life’s every moment.”
—School Library Journal starred review