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Ages 9-12
Hardcover Books
ISBN 13: 978-0-54-502789-2
640 Pages
Dimensions: 8.4L x 6W x 2.2H inches
Weight (lbs): 2.86
English Language
Illustrator: Brian Selznick
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Subject & Themes: Cleverness and Resourcefulness, Identity, Special Needs, Family Issues
Genre: Fiction


Alternating between a story told in carefully crafted words and one told in exceptionally expressive illustrations, this tender tale follows two people in search of what's missing from their lives.


Ben's story takes place in 1977. Rose's story takes place in 1927. Ever since his mother died, Ben feels lost. At home with her father, Rose feels alone. When Ben finds a mysterious clue hidden in his mother's room, and when a tempting opportunity presents itself to Rose, both children risk everything to find what's missing.

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