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Publisher Description

An Amazon Best Book of the Month * #1 Kids Indie Next List * A Junior Library Guild Selection * Four Starred Reviews

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. 

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

"When Marcus tells Zoe he is innocent, and her grandmother agrees, Zoe begins to learn about inequality in the criminal justice system, and she sets out to find the alibi witness who can prove his innocence." (Publishers Weekly, "An Anti-Racist Children's and YA Reading List")

Kids & Young Adults
Bahni Turpin
hr min
January 14
Katherine Tegen Books

Customer Reviews

mcknycn ,

Essential Reading/Listening

This book should be in every classroom and on the nightstand of every child. It’s so beautifully written and teaches in seamless, layered prose, which is made even more astonishing by the fact that it’s a debut. Can’t wait to read more by Janae Marks

delfuego11 ,

no text? garbage Apple experience.

First of all buying this on an old apple computer is horrible because it is an itunes audio file that is one track and you can’t find the chapters. But using a newer Mac or iPad is almost just as bad. Here is my question, why can’t this book come with audio and the pages being read to you? Is that too much to ask for?