Blaze Werla is having a typical summer. He lives in the country with his father and grandmother. He spends his days alone, wandering around the hill beside his home.
Then the message appears on the side of the hill. And Blaze's summer suddenly takes a turn toward the mysterious. By the time Blaze meets Joselle Stark, the unexpected seems almost normal.
About the Author
Kevin Henkes is the author of Junonia, Sun & Spoon, Bird Lake Moon, and the Newbery Honor Books The Year of Billy Miller and Olive's Ocean. He also writes and illustrates picture books, and among his many titles are the national bestsellers Little White Rabbit, My Garden, Old Bear, A Good Day, and Kitten's First Full Moon, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Mr. Henkes is also the creator of a series of books starring mouse characters, including the Penny books for beginning readers, Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Owen, for which he was awarded a Caldecott Honor.
Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Vivid characterizations and profound symbolism are sure to linger in readers’ minds.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Henkes’s] characters live, lingering in the memory. An outstanding book.”
-Kirkus Reviews (pointer)
“A challenging and skillful book.”
-Times Educational Supplement
“If you know Henkes only as a writer/illustrator for younger children, this book will be a pleasant surprise.”
-Chicago Tribune Books
“What readers will love about this book is the friendship between these two very different loners.”