When Bette finds an angel coin among the money collected in a carwash, she puts it in her pocket and forgets about it. But things start to change, especially once Gabby, a mysterious and kind new neighbor, moves into Bette's Chicago building. Suddenly, Bette is able to face some big losses--her mother's recent death; her sister's departure for college--and move forward. And once the angel coin falls into the hands of three other kids in Bette's class, their lives change, too. Soon, these two girls and two boys will be connected in ways that open them up to unlikely friendships and new ways to believe in themselves. Here is an entirely new twist on the angel trend.
"The characters and setting are lovingly crafted, and readers will be left contemplating the roles of luck, magic, and inner strength in the kids' transformed lives." - "Publishers Weekly" "A remarkably grounded tale." - "Chicago Tribune" Praise for Ilene Cooper: "Lively . . . highly readable." - "School Library J"ournal for "Jack: The Early Years of JFK" "Cooper traverses some hugely complicated territory . . . she's on the mark when it comes to both the middle-grade milieu and young teens' emotions." - Booklist for "Sam I Am"