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 has been praised both as a writer and as an illustrator. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon; a Caldecott Honor for Owen; two Newbery Honors, one for Olive's Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller; and a Geisel Honor for Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse.
“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.”