Missing Okalee


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$16.99  $15.80
Shadow Mountain
Publish Date
5.67 X 8.35 X 1.02 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Laura Ojeda Melchor is from Montana and grew up in a Spanish-speaking home that celebrated her family's Cuban culture. She is a self-described bookworm who graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Alaska with her husband and son.


"Melchor combines grief with guilt for an emotionally intense story about Phoebe, whose sister drowns in a river...Captures the pressures of being an older sister and the unique challenges of losing a sibling. As her perspective matures, Phoebe authentically struggles to imagine other people complexly, leaving plenty of room for significant self-exploration. Meanwhile, many readers will identify with her passion for self-expression through singing. Accessible prose mixed with a candid look at death makes this likely to be popular with reluctant readers. For fans of Jude Banks, Superhero (2021) and other serious middle-grade
novels with heart, this is a solid addition to any collection."-- "Booklist"
"Gorgeous, heartbreaking novel. Phoebe has a strong community and receives the support she desperately needs from her best friend and his family, and she gets help processing her grief and guilt through sessions with her school counselor, ending the book on a resilient note. Resonant novel."-- "School Library Journal"
"Melchor will lead readers to an understanding of family relationships, missed opportunities and the drama that many middle school students deal with every day."-- "Children's Literature Reviews"
2023 nominee-- "Nevada Young Readers Award"