April is alone in the world. When she was only a baby, her teenage mother took off and now, unbelievably, her dad has died. Nobody's left to take April in except her mom's sister, a free spirit who's a chef in New Orleans--and someone who April's never met. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, April is suddenly supposed to navigate a city that feels just like she feels, fighting back from impossibly bad breaks. But it's Miles, a bayou boy, who really brings April into the heart of the Big Easy. He takes her to the cemetery where nineteenth-century voodoo queen Marie Laveau is buried, and there, April gets a shocking clue about her own past. Once she has a piece of the puzzle, she knows she will never give up. What she doesn't know is that finding out the truth about her past and the key to her future could cost her everything--maybe even her life.
"The city of New Orleans is a character... Sobel shows the city in vivid colors, including the ravages of Hurricane Katrina.... April's quest leads her to paths she never knew she'd go on, with a satisfying conclusion." --YA Books Central
"Tying the complex string between the past and the present beautifully, Sheila Sobel's newest undertaking definitely justifies our massive Amazon order." --Brit + Co
“A mysterious and colorful story of trying to find one’s footing when everything seems insurmountable.”
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