See You at Harry's
Starting middle school brings all the usual challenges - until the unthinkable happens, and Fern and her family must find a way to heal. Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her. Mum helps Dad run "Harry's," the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school, and Holden pretends that Mum and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes - and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same. Jo Knowles, author of Lessons From a Dead Girl and Jumping Off Swings, writes for a slightly younger audience in this coming of age story set in Vermont. This is a story of loss and pain, but also one of faith and hope. "The story, as told in Fern's voice grabs at the heart with its unfathomable anguish. Powerful and gut wrenching, See You at Harry's by Jo Knowles is heartrending." (The New York Journal of Books). One of Amazon.com's Editors Best Books of the Year So Far.
Jo Knowles is the author of the YA novels Lessons from a Dead Girl and Jumping Off Swings. The recipient of the 2005 PEN Literary Award, she lives in Vermont.