Wishing Season

HarperCollins/Quill Tree. Jun. 2023. 240p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780063258907.
Gr 5 Up–When her twin brother Anders dies, 11-year-old Lily’s world comes to a screeching halt. Her mom becomes unresponsive, and everyone in her small Maine town starts to treat her differently. What everyone doesn’t know is that Anders isn’t gone, at least not for Lily. It must be an “Us Thing,” something that only Lily and Anders share, because the “overlap” is a special place where they spend afternoons together playing croquet and building squirrel forts. But when Anders starts to show up later than usual and the boundaries of the overlap start to shrink, Lily must devise a plan to keep her connection with Anders or lose him forever. With help from a cast of strong Maine women, Lily is able to come to terms with her grief and continue living in a world without Anders. In this beautifully written and character-driven novel, readers will identify with Lily and be immersed in coastal Maine scenery. All characters read as white.
VERDICT Young readers dealing with grief or facing tough situations will find comfort in Lily’s relationships and discover new ways to discuss their feelings; a must-purchase for any library.

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