When you’re alone, all you have to think about is yourself
Willis Pierce knows she’s out there somewhere. He doesn’t know when she’ll appear, but he knows that when he meets the girl of his dreams, they’ll recognize each other from the look in their eyes. In the meantime, Willis eats frozen pizza in his empty apartment and runs at a nearby track late at night, training for an imaginary race.
Sophie Browne can run a farm all by herself, but now she’s headed to the city to find out what else she can do. Cheerful and resourceful, Sophie rents a little apartment and gets a job in the neighborhood. It’s a start, but Sophie’s real dream is to get her pilot’s license. She knows from her flying lessons that she loves being high over the earth, light and free.
Two young people, both used to being alone but tired of feeling lonely, find out whether they can learn to be together in this story about the benefits—and drawbacks—of independence.
In this sequel to The War on Villa Street, Mazer shows how much he cares about his characters. And because he cares, readers will welcome meeting Willis Pierce again. Back in the city, 19-year-old Willis dreams of the perfect girl friend. Sophie Browne is a plain farm girl and also alone when she meets Willis. He isn't interested in Sophie but she sees him as the lover for whom she has always longed. It takes time, but Willis grows close to Sophie, although he's attracted to another girl. Sophie, hurt by the situation, goes home. In her absence, Willis realizes another ambition, running in a champion race without permission and getting into trouble. As a consequence, however, he's offered a college scholarship and goes to tell Sophiewhom he knows he needsabout his triumph. It's an exciting story of conflicts and tenderness, with emphasis on Sophie's strength. She's willing to love but not to settle for less than equality. Ages 12-up.