Release Date: 07/01/11
Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it's not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie's health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past and has grown hardened layers - like those of an artichoke - around his heart. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her. An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death - but at its heart is a celebration of friendship, culture - and life.
A debut novel and one that delves into the mind of the youth of today in a whimsical tale of discovery. It’s definitely well written, the characters are vibrant and above all else the principle character is a real joy to hang out with. Add to this a story arc that will appeal to readers of all ages as well as allowing the reader to take a journey emotionally alongside experiencing all sorts of events and you have a book that will keep the readers imagination fired long after the final page it turned. All in, a delight to read and one that we’ve no problem recommending to others.