Four months ago, ten-year-old Annie Richards' brother Jared died suddenly of an undiagnosed heart ailment. Now Annie is super-worried--about rare illnesses, minor wounds that might become infected, falling off her bike, and just about everything else. Nothing the caring people around her do can help her to become less apprehensive, and her parents, while they love her, are caught up in their own sorrow.
As Jared's twelfth birthday approaches, Annie's anxieties and fears cause a rift with her best friend and threaten to destroy the happiness that is every child's right--until a new neighbor, dealing with her own grief, and a special book enter her life.
Annie is a smart, courageous girl who just might be as beloved to readers as the famous pig in the story that inspires her. Warning: you may want to keep a tissue handy. 239 pages.Ages 9-12
Recommended by Basya Karp, Librarian
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