Danielle Snyder’s summer job as a babysitter takes a tragic turn when Humphrey, her five-year-old charge, runs into traffic to chase down his football. Immediately Danielle is caught up in the machinery of tragedy: police investigations, neighborhood squabbling, and—when the driver of the car that struck Humphrey turns out to be an undocumented alien—a politically charged immigration debate. Danielle’s thoughts are on Humphrey—her funny, fun, peculiar “Humpty” and the two months they spent together—but all around her, friends and strangers seem focused on everything and everyone else.
Imperfect Spiral is about a tragedy, a community’s search for someone or something to blame, and a teenage girl’s realization that sometimes the most, and the least, you can do is try to stop one bad thing from leading to another. It’s also a story of deep connection between two slightly oddball souls—Danielle and Humphrey—that transcends age and, in some ways, even death.
“. . . a heartfelt drama that touches on the themes of friendship, love, fear, and death. . . . Readers will find a relevant and inspiring story. . . .”
—ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE) Picks
“Levy’s unflinching look at pain is masterful. The narrative fluidly moves from lighter moments with Humphrey to the darkness of grief, avoiding false sentimentality.”
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Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 12th if you care to attend. Until then, congratulations again, Debbie! Your book sounds wonderful and I love the gorgeous cover.
Happy writing and drawing, everyone! 🙂