Bracing for a lonely summer, Ash is surprised when the little girl she babysits and some unexpected time travel open new horizons.
Ash begins her summer knowing her best friend’s moving to Oregon, leaving her to cope alone with prosopagnosia, a condition that prevents her from recognizing faces. Additionally, her mother expects her to babysit a 7-year-old named Claire for three weeks. An enthusiastic, high-maintenance child whose mother recently died after abandoning her family, Claire’s armed with a wish list of things she wants to do, and Ash finds herself unwillingly escorting Claire to thrift shops and senior center events where she meets new people. Though she’s busy with Claire, Ash becomes distracted after finding a jar labeled “wishes” in the basement that transports her into the lives of two girls living when her parents were young. As she becomes obsessed with the past, Ash gradually realizes there’s a relevant connection to her own life. Ash tells her summer saga in a humorous, chatty, somewhat-vulnerable voice, and although the time-travel thread initially feels disconnected from the plotline, the past and present eventually sync. Spot art line drawings feature chapter elements.
Amusing, heartfelt time travel about friends and wishes—old and new. (Fantasy. 8-12)