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A girl wishes for a better life for herself, her mom, and her baby brother, and musters the courage to make it happen in this moving and emotionally satisfying story for listeners of Kate DiCamillo and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

Eleven-year-old Brittany knows there has to be a better world out there. Lately, though, it sure doesn't feel like it. She and her best friend, Marisol, stick together at school, but at home Brittany's granny is sick, her cat is missing, there's never any money, and there's her little brother, Tommy, to worry about. Brittany has a hard time picturing her future as anything but a plain white sky. If her life is going to ever change, she needs a plan. And once she starts believing in herself, Brittany realizes that what has always seemed out of reach might be just around the corner.

This debut novel by Emily Blejwas is perfect for listeners who love emotionally satisfying books. Thoughtful and understated, it's the hopeful story of a girl who struggles to make her future bright...and the makeshift family that emerges around her.

©2017 Emily Blejwas (P)2017 Listening Library

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"A poignant and emotionally driven debut." ( SLJ)

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Great story, superb narration.

Loved the book. Very believable recounting of the life of a little girl growing up in a broken family without any money. Excellent character development and relationships. Outstanding narration.

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