Breanna is certain of a few things:
She is strong, tough, and the greatest prankster in her entire district.
She doesn't need to meet new people, not when she already has amazing friends like Pascale and Niraj.
And she WILL NOT be ascending the ropes course at her school's required teambuilding camp. No, she's not afraid of heights!
Breanna is determined to get through the week of camp as quickly as possible, while planning the most epic prank and avoiding even thinking of the Sky Ropes. And as the week progresses, Breanna can't help loving her time in nature, fostering a rivalry with the other competitive softball pitcher, and bonding with the other kids. But as much as she likes to pretend that she isn't afraid of anything, Breanna knows that, come Friday, she will have to face the Sky Ropes-and with it, the fear deeply tied to memories of her father's abuse that she has been fighting to push away.
Emotionally rich and tumultuously paced, Sondra Soderborg's debut novel is a story about opening yourself up to new possibilities, understanding what it means to be a true friend, encountering the most difficult truths about your own self-and finding self-acceptance within darkness.
Sondra Soderborg is a former practicing attorney, child advocate, and teacher at both a high school and a prison. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is her first book.
“The metaphors are refreshingly original, and the descriptions of the setting are keenly observed. …and the truly powerful denouement will not easily be forgotten. Impressively, the story’s conclusion delivers nuanced, hard-fought realizations on the natures of fear, friendship, and past traumas.” — Kirkus Reviews
“[A] riveting climax, quippy dialogue, and a keen sense of place propels readers to the novel’s gratifying conclusion, which offers sensitive depictions of trauma, healing, and friendship as experienced by a bold, multidimensional protagonist.” — Publishers Weekly