“Chase’s middle-grade debut dazzles”
– Kirkus Reviews
They had always been best friends. Until that summer…
Jamila Phillips and Tai Johnson have been inseparable since they were toddlers. In Pirates Cove – a low-income housing project – Mila’s single father does everything he can to support his kids and his community. Tai lives across the street with her grandmother, who is the only family she needs.
When they are reunited after a summer apart, their friendship threatens to combust from the pressure of secrets, middle school, and the dance auditions for a new talented-and-gifted program.
Paula Chase’s middle grade debut is driven by universal themes of friendship, while exploring the issues facing many tweens.This memorable novel is perfect for fans of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing about Jellyfish and Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich’s and Audrey Vernick’s Two Naomis.