Sandi Ward

"I worry most of all about the youngest boy.

Bad things have been happening lately. Unpredictable things, that I don’t see coming." 


Lily and Charlie are best friends: a boy and his cat. So when Lily sees Charlie’s bruises and realizes someone is hurting him, she is determined to get to the bottom of things. Who would do something so terrible? But Lily is up against many challenges in trying to get her family to focus on Charlie.

Lily thinks Mom’s new best friend is charming, but he’s also a stranger. Kevin, the oldest boy, is falling apart because he misses his dad, who was kicked out months earlier. Victoria, the middle child, has a boyfriend who Lily despises and suspects may be Charlie's bully.

Most strangely, why is Dad carrying his gun, even when he’s off-duty?

Lily knows what it's like to feel helpless. But she also knows you don't always have to be the biggest or the strongest to fight fiercely for your family...

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This is a truly special book, one that captured my heart from the very first line. THE ASTONISHING THING feels like a bit of a miracle and we all could use a miracle.
— Holly Chamberlin, author of HOME FOR THE SUMMER
A unique and poignant tale of a family’s struggle as witnessed by someone who sees everything...a triumphant debut for Sandi Ward.
— Helen Brown, New York Times bestselling author of CLEO
Devastatingly original.
— Barbara Bos, Women Writers, Women's Books
Masterful in its telling, and weaving a complex story about mental illness, the complexities of love, and finding hope when all seems lost, this story will break your heart, and put it back together page by page.
— Lisa Duffy, author of THE SALT HOUSE
This charming novel reminds us that love and salvation can come in the most unexpected ways. I suspect all of us will look at our cats differently after reading this book.
— Susan Breen, author of the Maggie Dove mystery series
The book touches on some of the darker turns in life...the cat’s personality and insights are so unsparing that it pulled me though this rich novel.
— Devin Murphy, author of THE BOAT RUNNER
An incredibly sweet and charming novel—but it doesn’t shy away from difficult subject matter, either.
— Jenny Williams, author of THE ATLAS OF FORGOTTEN PLACES
This tender, charming novel is a true pleasure and worthy of your time and attention. If you can read just one book this year, this would be an excellent choice.
— Kate Brandes, author of THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD
The novel touches on some very heavy topics. However, Boo’s endearing voice is a salve for the reader, and Ward’s command of balancing comedy with drama shapes the novel’s tone into something both unique and inspiring. People who like THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN will enjoy this unusual take on a family in crisis.
— Adriana Arrington, author of BLEED THROUGH
Endearing, irresistible, sometimes painful, and unforgettable.
— Karen Sargent, author of WAITING FOR BUTTERFLIES
Original and heartfelt.
— Kathleen Flynn, author of THE JANE AUSTEN PROJECT
There are lessons here for everyone, about sacrifice, starting over, and seeing the hero in those we too often overlook. A fun and fantastic read.
— Renee Macalino Rutledge, author of THE HOUR OF DAYDREAMS

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