If you’re looking for a heartfelt read, Tracy Holczer’s first novel, The Secret Hum of a Daisy, is beautifully written and emotionally charged. Grace’s mom always had them moving in search of a “home”. After her tragic death, 12 year old Grace is sent to live with the grandmother that she never knew. Blaming her grandma for making her mom move away while she was pregnant with Grace, she decides to make grandma’s life miserable.
Through a scavenger hunt she believes her mom left for her and the help of new friends, Grace makes some surprising discoveries. While she learns about her family history, she wonders if she will find the “home” her mom was seeking. Can she forgive her grandma? How will she cope with the overwhelming sadness? Will she resume writing which was always her passion?
This is a tough book to put down!
Book reviewed by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison