Ten-year-old Grace knows that her mum loves her, but her mum loves drugs too. And there's only so long Grace can fend off the 'woman from the county' who is threatening to put her into care. Her only hope is...
Grown-man Billy Shine hasn't been out of his apartment for years. People scare him, and the outside world scares him even more. Day in, day out, he lives a perfectly orchestrated silent life within his four walls. Until now. . .
Grace bursts into Billy's life with a loud voice and a brave plan to get her mum clean. And it won't be easy, because they will have to confiscate the one thing her mum holds most dear . . . they will have to kidnap Grace.
Each day this week I am spotlighting a different book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I'm a little ashamed to admit that for years the only book by her that I had read was Pay It Forward. While it is a fabulous book that I think everyone should read, PLEASE don't stop there! Don't Let Me Go was the first book of hers besides Pay It Forward that I read, and I immediately questioned why I had taken so long to read it. Seriously, the second I finished it I went and bought 5 other of her books. I love her stories of real life. Life isn't perfect and isn't always pretty, and while sometimes it's nice to read about a perfect life, it always does the heart good reading about everyday people that find a way to work around the ugly and find the good in life. Her books remind you that there is good to balance the bad, beauty can be found everywhere, and the most remarkable people are usually right in front of you. You just have to look.
Don't Let Me Go is one of my favorites. It had me thinking of it not only days later, but months later.
I love little 9 year old Grace; her tenacity and compassion is remarkable for a child, and even through all the turmoil in her life she remains determined to learn and help others along the way.
One of my favorite lines: "...Can we go home now? I'm running out of brave."