“Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift.” —BCCB (starred review)
Two life-long best friends grow up and begin to grow apart in this honest, deeply felt middle grade debut.
Sara and Nadine.
Nadine and Sara.
It’s only ever been the two of them. Two halves of the same person. Best friends forever—until they aren’t.
Everything has changed this year. Nadine has suddenly skipped a grade and gone to high school without Sara. No matter how hard she fights to save their friendship, Sara can feel it slipping away.
But change can happen from the inside, too. The forever-friend days of running through sprinklers and slurping up ice cream cones may be over. Yet in their place, Sara just might discover something new and wonderful: herself.
Sara and Nadine have been best friends as well as neighbors in their Vancouver suburb for most of their lives. Sara is sure they will always be close, but her dreams for a perfect new school year are shattered when Nadine reveals she is skipping a grade and heading to high school, something she has kept from Sara. At the same time, Daniel, a boy who plays baseball with Sara's brother, goes missing. As the community reels, Sara is determined to help find Daniel, a quest she hopes will keep her close to Nadine. But both girls are changing and growing apart; Sara hangs out with Jen, Nadine's sister, which makes Nadine pull away more. Kim fills this honest coming-of-age story with small yet treasured memories from Sara and Nadine's friendship, conveying the depth of their connection and the uncertainty that change brings. Both girls are biracial; Nadine is half white, half Japanese, and Sara's Korean identity is a particularly well-integrated part of the story. Kim's debut deftly explores the complexities of friendship and growing up, as well as the satisfaction that comes through self-discovery. Ages 10 up.