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In this companion to Tornado Brain, a moving tale of loss and healing comes full circle.
Tess has always understood her role in her family. She is supposed to be the "okay" one. The one no one has to worry about. But all Tess does is worry, constantly picking at her fingers every time a new worry arises. Still grieving her best friend's death, she is consumed by the fear that everything was her fault and her sadness that Colette is never coming back. Worse still, it seems like everyone else has found a way to move on, even her twin sister Frankie. When her mom decides a change of location might do her good, Tess finds herself on an airplane bound for her aunt's house in small town Wyoming and a summer vacation attending art camp.
Tess thinks she might never be able to move on from losing Colette but her quirky but determined cousin Kennedy and new friend Izzy are determined to help. When Tess becomes convinced that Colette's ghost might be haunting her, Kennedy and Izzy find new ways for Tess to make peace with the past and finally let go of the grief that has been haunting her heart.
About the Author
Cat Patrick is the author of Tornado Brain, a critically acclaimed Summer 2020 Kids' Indie Next List selection, and several books for young adults, including Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals.
Cat lives outside of Seattle with her family but was born and raised in Wyoming. You can find her online at catpatrick.com.
Praise for Paper Heart:
★ “Utterly convincing and compelling . . . Patrick writes with a sure hand, a fine eye for detail, and a quick, accessible understanding that will have readers on Tess’ side and happy to see her finding and forgiving herself.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
“An engaging tale of grief and the power of friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Patrick’s cleverly plotted tale is a mashup of mystery and summer romance that makes for an agreeable companion to Tornado Brain, and it can also be read and enjoyed independently.” —Booklist
“Patrick provides a unique look into the world of a grief-stricken kid trying to stay above water. She intertwines mystery, realistic fiction, romance, and social-emotional issues with aplomb, creating a lovely and therapeutic story . . . [and] weaves an authentic tale of a young girl with a sensitive heart who endures life’s hardships.” —School Library Journal
“A highly readable, convincing, and gripping narrative . . . Crisp dialogue, subtle characterization, a sprinkling of romance, liberal handfuls of humor, and clever mystery plotting add up to a very satisfying read.” —The Horn Book
Praise for Tornado Brain: A 2022-2023 Truman Readers Book Award Nominee (MO) A 2021 Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year A 2021 Texas Lone Star Reading List Pick A 2021 Washington State Book Award for Young Readers Finalist A Summer 2020 Kids Indie Next List Pick A Spring 2020 Apple Most Anticipated Book A Junior Library Guild Pick
★ “Frankie’s first-person narration is spot-on as she describes her feelings about her attention-deficit and sensory-processing disorders and her Asperger’s syndrome as well as her distaste for the medications that impair her thinking. . . This moving account of Frankie’s emerging maturity—with extra challenges—is perfect. . . An intriguing mystery embedded within a richly insightful coming-of-age story.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “Patrick...has done a remarkable job of creating an unforgettable character in Frankie, who tells the story in her own idiosyncratic first person voice, which takes readers inside her head as she struggles with her many challenges. The result is a tour de force that readers will remember long after they have finished the book.” —Booklist, starred review