Dear Readers,

This novel marks an important beginning for us in Civ, it will be first novel I read aloud to you this year.  The characters will move you and make your wonder about what a family really is.  A most beloved character, Larkin must struggle with uncommon challenges  for an adolescent girl, yet she triumphs and learns how to overcome them in ways that we hope and yet never expect her to.  We all in the end learn something about her and what it truly means to be part of a group, whether that group is a family, friends or both.  I promise you this, you will never feel the same way about red boots, everyone will want sparkle socks like Byrd and yes, you won't want it to end.

                                                                        Ms. Wall