When your Dad's an undertaker,
your Mom's in heaven,
and your Grandma's got a screw loose...
it's good to have a friend who understands you.
Even if he is a boy.
Thomas J. is Vada's best friend. They live near enough to each other to bike
ride over and play, or even just hang out. The two are always together, sharing
their afternoons, their adventures in the lake, and all of their secrets.
Then something terrible happens to Thomas J. and Vada has to learn to fill her
days without her best friend around.
About the Author
Patricia Hermes is the author of many highly acclaimed novels for children and young adults. Among her many awards are the California Young Reader Medal, the Pine Tree Book Award and the Hawaii Nene award. Her books have also been named IRA/CBC Children's Choices and Notable Children's Trade Books in the field of Social Studies. Her books have been praised for their "recognizable vitality" (Kirkus Reviews) and "rhythmic, homey text and genuine characters [that] resonate with authenticity" (School Library Journal starred review).
Minstrel Books publishes Kevin Corbett Eats Flies; Heads, I Win; and I Hate Being Gifted. Archway Paperbacks publishes Be Still My Heart and My Girl.
Born and educated in New York, Patricia Hermes has taught English at the High School and Junior High level and has taught Gifted and Talented programs in the grade schools, She travels frequently throughout the country, speaking at schools and conferences, to students, teachers, educators, and parents.
The mother of five children, she lives and works in New England.