In a town slowly being destroyed by rising tides, one girl must fight to find a way to keep her community’s spirit from drowning.
For thirteen-year-old Jillian Robichaux, three things are sacred: bayou sunsets, her grandmother Nonnie’s stories, and the coastal Louisiana town of Boutin that she calls home.
When the worst flood in a century hits, Jillian and the rest of her community band together as they always do—but this time the damage may simply be too great. After the local school is padlocked and the bridges into town condemned, Jillian has no choice but to face the reality that she may be losing the only home she’s ever had.
But even when all hope seems lost, Jillian is determined to find a way to keep Boutin and its indomitable spirit alive. With the help of friends new and old, a loveable golden retriever, and Nonnie’s storytelling wisdom, Jillian does just that in this timely and heartfelt story of family, survival, and hope.
In her stunning debut middle grade novel, Sarah Guillory has written a lush story about an indomitable girl fighting against the effects of climate change.
*Four Starred Reviews!*
*A Kirkus Reviews' Best Book of the Year!*
*The International Literary Association's Intermediate Fiction Winner!*
*A Children's Book Council Best Book of the Year!*
*A National Book Festival Pick for Louisiana!*
*A Louisiana Readers' Choice Nominee!*
★ "Come for gumbo and jambalaya; stay for the phenomenal hero with a powerful growth story." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "A poignant and emotional exploration of a people and place worth preserving." -- School Library Journal, starred review
★ "Necessity and nostalgia clash in a small Louisiana town, where 13-year-old Jillian Robichaux fears the loss of her enclave and her Cajun identity in this timely story." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "An involving, heartening novel of growth and change." -- Booklist, starred review
"A timely, affecting account of climate change...enhanced by [the protagonist's] Southern charm and emotional depth." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Jillian’s grief, and her trepidation about facing a now unmoored future, ring true and give the novel its heart, while the issues of preserving one’s environment and heritage offer readers much to ponder." - Horn Book
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
A Maine Student Book Award Selection