Just Under the Cloudsby Melissa Sarno
- Grades: 4 - 7
- Ages: 9 - 12
- Format: Paperback Book
Cora is a middle schooler, a big sister…and homeless—and she is desperately searching for a special place where she belongs.
Heartbreaking but Hopeful Family Drama, Thought-Provoking Novel, Talking About Real-Life Issues, Exploring the Complicated Realities Many Young People Face
Topics and Themes:
Homelessness, City Life, Family, Loss of a Parent, Tree of Heaven
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But now Cora’s mother is trying to hold the family together after her father’s death, and Cora must look after her sister, Adare, who’s just different, their mother insists. Quick to smile, Adare hates wearing shoes, rarely speaks, and appears untroubled by the question Cora can’t help but ask: How will they find a place to call home?
After their room at the shelter is ransacked, Cora’s mother looks to an old friend for help, and Cora finally finds what she has been looking for: Ailanthus altissima, the “tree of heaven,” which can grow in even the worst conditions. It sets her on a path to discover a deeper truth about where she really belongs.