Fourteen-year old Finn has a plan for the summer and it involves connecting with as few human beings as possible. But life is about to open doors for him in the form of the 24-year old Johanna who is caretaking the house next door. She sees great potential in Finn and tasks him with creating a garden in his own yard.The results are a flowering and a growing of great proportions. Johanna is fighting breast cancer with great courage and great passion for living. Her courage infects Finn, and his friend, Matt. A story to honor those who fight to live well even when breast cancer takes them on.
144 pages 978-0375855429 Ages 12 and up
Keywords: dogs, girls, relationships, breast cancer, new experiences, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old
"Sometimes having company is not all it's cracked up to be." Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he's hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She's ten years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna's dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally, and physically. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically. But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people.---from the publisher