Playing solitaire is just about the only thing from before “the incident” that Ellie will allow to be a part of her new life. But the memories of her recent past continue to drift in and out of Ellie’s days and dreams whether she wants them to or not. Of course, they aren’t all bad. There are the few good times she and Mama had shared before the illness that took her away. But always, always creeping in when she least expects it, there’s Daddy. Not here but not gone. Out there … somewhere. Even starting her new life with Grandpa, even changing her last name can’t change the fact of Daddy. And what he did. And what he could still do.
But when it comes to Daddy, Ellie has decided that only she – and not luck, chance or fate – will determine how the final hand is played.
“With the tension and pacing of a thriller, Antle’s novel tackles difficult issues including alcoholism, grief and emotional abuse honestly and with a delicate touch.” Publisher’s Weekly
“The reader is engaged through a third of the narrative before the dark secret behind Ellie’s handicap is revealed, and no teen will be able to put the book down until the fate of her villainous father is known.” Voya
“An affecting story. Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students.” Kliatt
NOMINATED FOR ALA'S 2001 QUICK PICK FOR YOUNG ADULT LIST.
A BEST BOOK OF 2000/THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS.