by Patricia Reilly Giff
Grades 3 & up
Judith’s mother abandoned her as a toddler, leaving her with her Aunt Cora. While Judith has grown up loved and cared for, she hasn’t spoken to anyone since her mother left. This has caused her problems with friends and in school, though it seems that most people in their small island community do look out for her. Now in 5th grade in a regular class with a teacher new to the island, she faces new challenges and new people in her life. A quiet, introspective story. Recommended for grades 3 & up.