About the Book
In this affecting novel, a wounded girl must find the courage to face a painful family secret — with the help of a boy who won't give up on her.
Something is wrong with Louise. She's a natural at gymnastics, but she quit the school team. She's living with her loving grandparents, but she's trying to get her best friend's family to adopt her. And a secret admirer is sending Louise love notes, but she can't find the courage to respond. What's holding her back? Only by coming face to face with the truth about a family tragedy can Louise start to live again...and finally get the boy.
Some mature content; more suitable for older readers.
- Louise fantasizes about being someone else by changing her name to “Thumbelina.” What’s your “inner fairytale”? Discuss any ideas about pretending to be someone else.
- Louise feels alone after changing schools. Discuss a time you felt like an outsider in a group. How did you adjust to your new setting? How have you tried to include someone who is new to a group?
- Why do you think the music box is so important to Louise?
- Why do you think Louise thought that Benny was the one leaving her the notes and gifts?
- Louise used to love being on the gymnastics team at her old school. Why did she give it up?
- Louise feels self-conscious about her small size. Reni feels self-conscious about her weight. Do you feel self-conscious about anything? What can you do to feel better about yourself?
- Why do you think Henderson dressed up as a clown and spied on Louise and Reni when they went to Benny’s house?
- Louise finally shared her feelings about her mother’s death with Henderson. Think about a time you kept something to yourself. How did you feel once it was finally out in the open?
- Louise thought she had a crush on Benny and was surprised to find out that the love letters were from her best friend, Henderson. What do you think is crush-worthy?
- In addition to his love letters to Louise, Henderson sent her a letter from her gymnastics coach and sent Reni a letter from her rock star crush. Why do you think he did this?