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ISBN13: 9780802734419
ISBN10: 0802734413
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Danielle Samuelson's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself for his death?

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A tragedy can change life in an instant, but forgiving yourself takes much longer.

Synopsis:

For fans of Jodi Picoult, comes a thought-provoking, emotional story of tragedy and forgiveness.

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Danielle Snyder's summer of babysitting turns into one of overwhelming guilt and sadness when Humphrey, her five-year-old charge is killed suddenly. Danielle gets caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn the sweet little boy she grew to love, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her, until a new and unexpected friendship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, helps her find a way to preserve Humphrey's memory, stand up for what she believes in, and find her own path to forgiveness. Readers will be swept away by this heart-wrenching, but uplifting story.

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Danielle Samuelson's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself for his death?

About the Author

DEBBIE LEVY is the author of The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells, which was an IndieBound Next pick, Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2010, a Parents' Choice Award 2010, a 2011 Sydney Taylor Notable Book, a CCBC 2011 Choice, and a VOYA Nonfiction Honor List 2010. www.debbielevybooks.com

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
When a tragic accident takes the life of the 5-year-old she is babysitting, Danielle is pulled into issues beyond her control. Everyone seems to want the accident to be about something else�"poor lighting on the road, lack of a safe place to walk, illegal immigration�"but no one wants to focus on Humphrey, and who he was as an individual.

As she grieves for the little boy she loved, she also finds herself reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Everyone, friends and neighbors see her as a symbol of something. While she resists their efforts for a while, soon she finds she can have an impact if she just finds her voice and learns to speak out.

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy looks at the ripple effect an accident can have on a community. The parents, the ones most affected, are the ones least heard from as they grieve. Danielle (Danny) struggles with guilt even though everyone assures her it wasn’t her fault. She doesn’t like being the center of attention, and she seizes up with panic attacks when she is expected to speak in public.

When she finds a new friend who will let her talk about Humphrey and everything he meant to her it’s a relief, until she finds out he has a stake in the issues raised from the accident as well. Finally she discovers that unless she speaks for herself, it’s just too easy for those around her to impose their own views on her. It’s a good message for anyone to take in, regardless of the issues they may be facing.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802734419
Author:
Levy, Debbie
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Emigration & Immigration
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20130731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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Product details 352 pages Walker Childrens - English 9780802734419 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A tragedy can change life in an instant, but forgiving yourself takes much longer.
"Synopsis" by ,
For fans of Jodi Picoult, comes a thought-provoking, emotional story of tragedy and forgiveness.
"Synopsis" by ,
Danielle Snyder's summer of babysitting turns into one of overwhelming guilt and sadness when Humphrey, her five-year-old charge is killed suddenly. Danielle gets caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn the sweet little boy she grew to love, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her, until a new and unexpected friendship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, helps her find a way to preserve Humphrey's memory, stand up for what she believes in, and find her own path to forgiveness. Readers will be swept away by this heart-wrenching, but uplifting story.
"Synopsis" by , Danielle Samuelson's summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, the five-year-old boy she's watching, runs in front of oncoming traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and, when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien, outsiders use the accident to further a politically charged immigration debate. Wanting only to mourn Humphrey, the sweet kid she had a surprisingly strong friendship with, Danielle tries to avoid the world around her. Through a new relationship with Justin, a boy she meets at the park, she begins to work through her grief, but as details of the accident emerge, much is not as it seems. It's time for Danielle to face reality, but when the truth brings so much pain, can she find a way to do right by Humphrey's memory and forgive herself for his death?
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