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Blaze Werla is having a typical summer. He lives in the country with his father and grandmother. He spends his days alone, wandering around the hill beside his home.
Then the message appears on the side of the hill. And Blaze's summer suddenly takes a turn toward the mysterious. By the time Blaze meets Joselle Stark, the unexpected seems almost normal.
Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many books for children of all agesamong them are Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Chrysanthemum, and Wemberly Worried. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon, a Caldecott Honor for Owen, and a Newbery Honor for Olive's Ocean. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.
“Vivid characterizations and profound symbolism are sure to linger in readers’ minds.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[Henkes’s] characters live, lingering in the memory. An outstanding book.”
-Kirkus Reviews (pointer)
“A challenging and skillful book.”
-Times Educational Supplement
“If you know Henkes only as a writer/illustrator for younger children, this book will be a pleasant surprise.”
-Chicago Tribune Books
“What readers will love about this book is the friendship between these two very different loners.”