From School Library Journal
Grade 4–8—Lexi, 12, wakes up in the forest with no knowledge of who she is, where she lives, or what happened to her. She makes her way toward the lights of a city where she is hit by a car as she wanders through the streets. A kindly ex-boxer takes her to the Shelter, where someone seems to recognize her, and where she is safe from street criminals and other horrors. Gradually Lexi remembers bits and pieces of her old life, but she is surprised when she finds out that she has a grandmother and an identical twin, and then learns that she is the daughter of a pop-music star recently killed in an automobile accident. As she adjusts to her newfound identity, Lexi faces some important decisions about what to do with her wealth and how she wishes to live life with her new family. Like Matthews's Fish
(2004) and A Dog for Life
(2006, both Delacorte), this is a story of improbable, sometimes frightening events told by a child narrator, in which extraordinary things seem perfectly plausible. Most likely, this book will not have broad appeal, but fans of Matthews's previous work will appreciate its sense of childlike wonder and fantasy.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
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A Dog for Life: 'Children of eight to 11 will love it. And so did I.' Telegraph A story which will keep the reader involved until its satisfyingly happy ending. Books for Keeps Fish: 'An allegory grounded in remarkably tactile storytelling ... Matthews allows just enough detail - and heart - to make miracles feel possible.' Publishers Weekly Stunning debut novel The Glasgow Herald The Outcasts: 'this absorbing adventure story ... would provoke much useful discussion among KS3 students, both in the classroom and within a smaller book-group context.' School Librarian