- Author: Cynthia Lord
The state of Maine plans to shut down her island's schoolhouse, which would force Tess's family to move to the mainland – and Tess to leave the only home she's ever known. Fortunately, the islanders have a plan: Increase the numbers of students by having several families take in foster children. Tess and her family take a chance on Aaron, a 13-year-old trumpet player who's been bounced from home to home. Will Tess's wish come true or will her luck run out? A warm-hearted, humorous and thoughtful look at what it means to belong, by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord.