The Beautiful Thing
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 such a terrible thing?
But Lily is up against many challenges in trying to get her family to focus on Charlie.
Mother kicked Father out weeks ago. Lily thinks Mother’s new boyfriend is charming, but he’s also a stranger. Kevin, the oldest boy, is falling apart because he misses his father. Victoria, the middle child, has a clever boyfriend who Lily despises and suspects may be Charlie's bully. And, Lily wonders, why is Father carrying his gun, even when he’s off-duty?
Sometimes, in a family, it’s hard to know where the threat really lies.