Here is 12-year-old Slim's heart-wrenching story about the last months of her father's life as he battles AIDS, and Isaiah's mother, who also has AIDS. "Nelson's sensitive portrayals of the three members of the McGranahan household draw the reader into this story . . . this social issue, brought painfully home, is what gives the story its amazing power." The Horn Book. ALA Notable Book. ALA Best Book of the Year. School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.