Pia Crossley is just a regular seventh grader who dreams of becoming an artist. One day she finds an envelope with the address of her long lost father, a man she has never met. She writes to him and makes plans to visit him in far-off Italy. Pia is sure that her father will help her solve all the problems that have started to cloud her life – her older brother’s schizophrenia, her mother’s new boyfriend, the unraveling of her close friendship with Anita, and the hopelessness of her crush on Brandon. Pia’s journey to find her father opens the door to a new understanding of what makes a family. In the middle of her shifting world, Pia realizes her own special place.
“Pia is a strong protagonist, and Russo capably documents her growth…readers will applaud (Pia’s) success in demonstrating forgiveness and moving forward.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A fine book for younger YAs, especially thoughtful, creative ones.”
2008 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People