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“Reading a well-written book is akin to watching an acrobat on a tightrope. And Varian Johnson is the best of acrobats―he’s made the task look effortless with an air of compassion, tenderness, humor, and a dab of magic realism.”

– Christopher Paul Curtis, Newbery Award-winning author of BUD, Not BUDDY and The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

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Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner

Boston Globe / Horn Book Honor winner


“A candid and powerful reckoning of history.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Powerful…. any reader with a taste for mystery will appreciate the puzzle Candice and Brandon must solve.”— The New York Times Book Review

NPR Best Book

Barnes & Noble Best Book


“A beautiful reflection on sisterhood and coming of age that belongs in every collection.” — Booklist, starred review

“Has all the hallmarks of the kind of books that become timeless classics.” — Nerdist

Kirkus Reviews Best Book

ALA Notable Children’s Book


“Do yourself a favor and start reading immediately.” — REBECCA STEAD, Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me and Liar & Spy

Kids’ Indie Next List pick


“A satisfying stand-alone sequel; new readers and old friends will be hoping for further adventures.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred

An “adventure that surprises, delights and expands the possibilities of the caper mystery.” — The Washington Post