Ruth White's Weeping Willow won the prestigious Newbery Honor, and her new story of a 12-year-old trying to deal with the mystery of her aunt's sudden disappearance is equally touching. Read by Alison Elliott.
PW gave a starred review to this Newbery Honor book about the friendship between a sorrowing 12-year-old girl and an unusual boy in 1950s Western Virginia: "so fresh that readers can practically smell the lilacs and the blossoming fruit trees." Ages 10-up. (Feb.)