A twelve-year-old boy named Caleb, born with cystic fibrosis, hates being one of only two kids his age at summer day camp. His protective mother refuses to let him stay alone while she’s at work. His older brother is busy with his summer internship and his father spends all of his time with his new fiancée. One day, while asserting his independence by hiking in the woods near his house, Caleb meets a mysterious young girl named Kit. He decides to keep his new friend a secret from his family. Kit suggests that he could skip summer camp and spend the days with her. Caleb loves his newfound freedom with his friend Kit, however, she has her own secrets and problems. Eventually Caleb’s lies catch up with him and he is forced to tell his family the truth. He also has to face some tough choices to help his friend.
This moving story of friendship is reminiscent of Katherine Patterson’s Bridge to Terabithia. It touches on some difficult topics such as illness, bullying, divorce, and mental illness, but they are all handled very well.
Renee (Parr Library)