In this book a 9-year old boy who has lost his mother and a 12-year old girl who sleeps in an old car parked outside her mother's house find themselves together on multiple occasions and start hanging out together. The boy believes in following the rules; the girl, not so much. You can only imagine the resulting adventures.
In addition to exploring how children deal with grief, it also touches on themes of friendship and family. There is a most interesting cast of characters to join us on this journey, making the book funny and at times heart breaking.
I think what I liked most about this book is that it takes on hard issues in real ways. There isn't much sugar coating or talking down to the audience.