Evie Thomas is not who she used to be. Once she had a best friend, a happy home and a loving grandmother living nearby. Once her name was Toswiah.
Now, everything is different. Her family has been forced to move to a new place and change their identities. But that's not all that has changed. Her once lively father has become depressed and quiet. Her mother leaves teaching behind and clings to a new-found religion. Her only sister is making secret plans to leave.
And Evie, struggling to find her way in a new city where kids aren't friendly and the terrain is as unfamiliar as her name, wonders who she is.
Jaqueline Woodson weaves a fascinating portrait of a thoughtful young girl's coming of age in a world turned upside down
In Woodson's thought-provoking novel, thirteen-year-old Toswiah must take on a new identity when her family enters a witness protection program. Her father, an African-American police officer, has testified against white officers who killed a black teenager. Threats follow, and Toswiah's family moves to an unidentified town to start life over. Toswiah, now called Evie, and her parents and sister cope in different ways, not always successfully, with the painful consequences of the father's act of courage.