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Harcourt Children’s Books, 2011


Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is used to taking care of herself. But one night, her mom, who works as an exotic dancer in a downtown Seattle nightclub, never comes home. It's the night that kicks off an extraordinary summer: the summer Stevie has to stay with her annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy; the summer she learns to care for injured and abandoned birds; the summer she gets to know Alan, the meanest guy in high school. But most of all, it's the summer she finds out the truth about Mom.

Named a Kirkus Top Teen Pick 

“First-time novelist Landalf debuts with a sadly believable account of the destructive power of drug addiction. Stevie’s journey to find her own path and accept the truth about her mother…feels authentic.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
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