—One of Scholastic Teacher’s 18 Road-Trip Reads
—One of PBS Parents’ Four Special Summer Books
—Nominated for the 2012 Texas Bluebonnet Award.
—Nominated for 2014 Illinois Bluestem Award for 3rd – 5th grades.

“This novel…reflects a quiet contemplativeness that leaves readers both pensive and satisfied.”
—Chicago Sun-Times

“Young readers will fall in love with 11-year-old Poppy Ray and her warm story of how she spends her summer.”
—The Children’s Book Review, Summer Reading Suggestions

“Sometimes amusing, sometimes gross, and always true to itself, this should find a wide readership.”

“This engaging and realistic tale is a top pick for reluctant readers and anyone with an interest in what veterinary care entails.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“Animal lovers will appreciate the warm, fuzzy moments, cry at the sad times, and feel at home in this rural island community off the coast of Washington state.”
—School Library Journal

“[A] satisfying read that should have particular appeal for animal lovers.”
Publishers Weekly

“A fine story of friendship…A top pick for young adult collections!”
Midwest Book Review

“This tender coming of age story deftly handles several issues: straddling two cultures, accepting death, and dealing with the first glimmers of romantic interest…Her understanding of children creates a charming and believable protagonist.”
—Elizabeth Varadan, The San Francisco Book Review

“Another breezy fun read with just enough heartfelt moments that will make even us wizened adults shed a tear or two.”
–Smithsonian BookDragon

“This is a delightful, fast-moving summer story. Anjali Banerjee has us laughing and crying with Poppy as she struggles to follow her dream of becoming a veterinarian to save the animals of the world.”
—Trudy Walsh, Westwood Public Library blog

“This book is very realistic and one any animal lover will enjoy. The story talks of reaching for your dream when family doesn’t agree due to a difference in cultures. I enjoyed this book very much.”
—The Musings of a Book Addict blog