Eleven-year-old Emily is not so sure she agrees with this plan, but how can she tell her mother that? Then her precious book of Emily Dickinson’s poems, where her mother has written all the important moments of Emily’s life, is accidentally given away to Goodwill. Emily has to do whatever it takes to get it back, even if that means lying to her mother, skipping school, or even (gasp!) stepping on the cracks in the sidewalk. It’s a journey that takes Emily far outside of her comfort zone and stretches her as a human being. She has to decide if she believes in fate and learn how to control her own destiny.
This is a very enjoyable and quick read. Emily’s voice shines through clearly in the narration. She is definitely someone I would like to be friends with if I were eleven. I loved the twist of her mother choosing her future because she believes in destiny. It’s a refreshing change from the overly controlling mothers found in many other books. The message of deciding who you will be for yourself is an important one for today’s kids. I’d recommend this book to any middle school girl as a book about learning who you are.