Parisian teenager Lou has an IQ of 160, OCD tendencies, and a mother who has suffered from depression for years. But Lou is about to change her life-and that of her parents-all because of a school project about homeless teens. While doing research, Lou meets No, a teenage girl living on the streets. As their friendship grows, Lou bravely asks her parents if No can live with them, and is astonished when they agree. No's presence forces Lou's family to come to terms with a secret tragedy. But can this shaky, newfound family continue to live together when No's own past comes back to haunt her?
Winner of the prestigious Booksellers' Prize in France, No and Me is a timely and thought-provoking novel about homelessness that has far-reaching appeal.
256 pages 978-1599904795 Ages 13 and up
Editor's Note: Lou is 13 years old. ("Subtle, authentic details; memorable characters (including Lou’s older friend, Lucas); and realistic ambiguities in each scene ground the story’s weighty themes, and teens will easily recognize Lou’s fragile shifts between heartbreak, bitter disillusionment, and quiet, miraculous hope. Grades 8-11. --Gillian Engberg" from Booklist)
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