From New York Times bestselling author Blue Balliett, the story of a girl who falls into Chicago's shelter system, and from there must solve the mystery of her father's strange disappearance.
Where is Early's father? He's not the kind of father who would disappear. But he's gone...and he's left a whole lot of trouble behind.
As danger closes in, Early, her mom, and her brother have to flee their apartment. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to move into a city shelter. Once there, Early starts asking questions and looking for answers, because her father hasn't disappeared without a trace. There are patterns and rhythms to what's happened, and Early might be the only one who can use them to track him down and make her way out of a very tough place.
With her signature, singular love of language and sense of mystery, Blue Balliett weaves a story that takes readers from the cold, snowy Chicago streets to the darkest corner of the public library, on an unforgettable hunt for deep truths and a reunited family.
“A moving story… enthralling and satisfying.” (Full Review here)--Kirkus, starred review.
“Wonderful, will pierce all readers.”--Booklist, starred review.
"This novel abounds in heart, shining a spotlight on the gritty truths about homelessness."-- Publisher's Weekly
“The quiet courage on display in this book is heartbreaking and insightful. Blue Balliett deserves high praise for creating a great family of characters and treating their story – and the issue of homelessness – with such concern and respect.”--Michael Nameche, The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
“An excellent depiction of the impact and emotions that homelessness engenders, in a story that reflects the resilience of our children.”--Patricia Rivera, Chicago HOPES for Kids
"Balliett demonstrates how danger boxes are all around us–not just as containers of physical objects for which people will hazard a great deal, but as vehicles that expose us to risky ideas and dreams. This highly satisfying story will enlighten readers even as it inspires them to think about their own danger boxes." - School Library Journal, starred review