Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. A heartbreaking story, narrated by twelve-year-old Jack, whose family is caring for fourteen-year-old Joseph. Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don't want to. What's more, Joseph has a daughter he's never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby - no matter the cost.
"One of the most beautiful books I have ever read" -- Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places "Schmidt provokes tears, despite his underplayed prose, with a tone and directness reminiscent of John Steinbeck." -- Nicolette Jones * Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week * "A deeply affecting story of love and loss that sympathetically reflects the intensity of adolescence." -- Julia Eccleshare * Guardian * "Schmidt writes with an elegant simplicity in this paean to the power of love" * Kirkus, starred review * "A YA novella about love and friendship and loyalty... be prepared to be moved" -- Martin Chilton * Telegraph, The best young adult books of 2016 *