When her father leaves and her Mother passes away soon after, Finch can’t help feeling abandoned. Now she’s stuck living with her stepfather and his new wife. They’re mostly nice, but they don’t believe the one true thing Finch knows herself: that she’s a girl, even though she was born in a boy’s body.
Thankfully, she had Maddy, a neighbor and animal rescuer who accepts her for who she it. Finch helps Maddy care for a menagerie of lost and lonely creatures, including a scared, stray dog who needs a family and home as much as Finch does. As she earns the dog’s trust, Finch realizes she must also learn to trust the people in her life—even if they are the last people she expected to love her and help her to be her true self.
From the author of Hurt Go Happy, winner of the ALA’s Schneider Family Book Award, comes the inspiring and insightful story of a transgender girl and an abandoned dog who overcome adversity to find a home, love, and a sense of belonging.
“No matter their gender identity, young readers will identify with Finch’s struggle to find the relationships she needs to heal her grief and to be who she knows she is in a sometimes scary world. Finch discovers, in her struggle to find the support she needs after her loving mother dies, that forcing the connections we think we need can make us miss the special ones we already have. Finch’s story is Higher Power of Lucky meets Shiloh.”―Tim Capehart, children’s librarian and head of youth services at Dayton Metro Library, author of Shadowangel and Summer Stranger than Fiction, and two-time Newbery Medal selection committee member