Nothing has been the same for eleven-year-old Daniel Sartain since that morning in the woods when Uncle Clay went down. Mom tries to hold the family together with her comfort and love. Mrs. Hardy, Daniel's guidance counselor at school, offers a sanctuary in her office as she tries to help Daniel survive after losing his role model and best friend. At the same time, Daniel's alcoholic father, Clay's older brother, makes a tragic situation worse.
The memory of that cold morning in the Georgia woods -- and most of all the hurt -- will stay with Daniel forever. But somehow, he must find a way to go on . . . for Uncle Clay . . . and for himself.
"There is a lot of complexity in this coming-of-age novel. Sensitive younger readers will be drawn in by Daniel's story, which can be likened to a more emotional twin of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet."--Booklist
"A dramatic story, and Seagraves sets it up effectively . . . a useful introduction to the devastating truth that an unintended and momentary mistake can change lives forever." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Recommended
"Depicts a realistic portrayal of grief from a youth's perspective . . . Boys will take interest in Daniel's internal superhero-vs.-villain battle."--Kirkus Reviews
"Understanding or coping with an accidental death is seldom so directly connected to real responsibility or the need to make peace with such a mistake. Seagraves shows the best way for support to be given as well as how hard it is to forgive."--School Library Journal
"The dynamics of the Sartain family are well-developed and genuine as a result of Daniel's authentic first-person narration. Seagraves' debut should leave readers weighing death, guilt and forgiveness."--Publisher's Weekly
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Publisher: Yearling, Random House
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