Henkes, Kevin

Sweeping Up the Heart

(1) 4-6 In this story of coping with loss and change, lonely twelve-year-old Amelia befriends the local clay studio owner's visiting nephew, Casey, during spring-break week. When they encounter a woman resembling Amelia's mother--who died when Amelia was two--the friends begin to imagine the impossible. The week's cheerlessness morphs into something complex and important as new people enter Amelia's world, enabling her to better understand herself and those she loves.


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