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Matt is starting over...again. She's been shifted from distant relative to distant relative for what seems like ages, and she's finally at the end of the line. She has no choice but to make things work with Sam and Jessica. It seems like this would be an easy task. Matt barely talks and she knows how to stay out of people's way. In fact, most times, she hides in the corner.

The problem is, Sam and Jessica refuse to let her hide. They keep insisting that she become a part of their strange family. Like she could ever think of them and their adopted "blob" of a son as family. That kid can't even master a human language, must less a relationship.

These people are delusional. They don't even know when to back down from bullies, the way she does. They just keep right on standing up, even after they've been knocked down over and over. Something about their Quaker way of life. Well, Matt knows when to cower, and that's just what she does. Until the day she's pushed too far....

I found this book to be one of the best I've read this year, which is saying a lot. It's unique in voice and style. But more than that, it's a brave story that covers issues many authors seem to avoid. In a time when being anti-war seems to be considered anti-American, showing an opposing point of view can be risky, but Erskine doesn't even flinch. She tackles the task head on and comes out victorious with a novel kids can relate to, and with a main character that makes it clear standing against the crowd can sometimes be as rewarding as standing with it.

This is an important book that speaks out loud and proud. I can't wait to see what this author has in store for us next!

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