Rosie is a sixteen-year-old girl with Down syndrome who's fighting for little freedoms, tolerance, and love. "They can't send you away. What will we do? We need us. I stop your angry, Jack. And you make me strong. You make me Rosie." Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So, when they're separated, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even struggle across London and travel to Brighton, though the trains are canceled, and the snow is falling. Even though some people might think a girl with Down syndrome could never survive on her own. Introducing a strong, determined, and neurodiverse teen protagonist, debut author Mel Darbon gives readers a unique character experience with a much-needed, alternative point of view. This contemporary young adult novel is a voice-driven, heartfelt story of finding your place in a world that often leaves no room for outsiders.
About the Author
Mel Darbon spent a large part of her childhood inventing stories to keep her autistic brother happy on car journeys. She won't mention the time spent with him standing by railway crossings waiting for the InterCity 125 to go past, as she wouldn't want to be labeled a train spotter. Life took her in many different directions working as a theater designer and freelance artist, as well as teaching young adults with learning disabilities and running creative workshops for teenage moms. She lives with her family in England.
★ "The plot is so engrossing that the book is almost impossible to put down. Yes, Rosie loves Jack, and readers are going to love Rosie." —Booklist, Starred Review