Dr. Lucy Chang wants to adopt her. She tells Marin that she has four chambers to her heart and even though one is full, she still has lots of room left. Marin does not have to think of her as her new mother if she is not ready…but rather as a new kidney ready to do its new job. Marin tries hard not to be drawn in by Lucy’s kindness and understanding.
When Marin hears that her mother is relinquishing her rights to her, she amps up her efforts to track down her mom. She is quite a good detective but one has a feeling of dread as she gets closer to her goal.
Watched over by Gilda, a solid character who is her social worker and an unexpected owl who lives in a building near Dr. Lucy, Marin evades their attempts to guide her.
As Marin gets closer to finding answers, all I wanted was for her to give Dr. Lucy a chance. Heart wrenching and ultimately satisfying Marin’s story will touch you.
4-5th grade, Contemporary fiction, Character driven, Family life, Issues fiction, Tear jerker