Part thriller, part friendship story, part real estate listing, this witty and inventive debut explores the nature of friendship and home. Sam and Asha. Asha and Sam. Their friendship is so long established, they take it for granted. Just as Asha takes for granted that Donnybrooke, the mansion that sits on the highest hill in Coreville, is the best house in town. But when Sam is accepted into snobbish Castleton Academy as an autistic "Miracle Boy," he leaves Asha, who is also autistic, to navigate middle school alone. He also leaves her wondering if she can take anything for granted anymore. Because soon Sam is spending time with Prestyn, Asha's nemesis, whose family owns Donnybrooke and, since a housewarming party gone wrong, has forbidden Asha to set foot inside. Who is Asha without Sam? And who will she be when it becomes clear that Prestyn's interest in her friend isn't so friendly? Told from the points of view of Asha, Sam, and Donnybrooke itself, this suspenseful and highly original debut explores issues of ableism and classism as it delves into the mysteries of what makes a person a friend and a house a home.
Author: Meera Trehan Publisher: Walker Books Us Published: 02/08/2022 Pages: 256 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.05lbs Size: 8.40h x 6.10w x 1.10d ISBN: 9781536219241 Audience: Ages 9-12
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 4.9 Point Value: 8 Interest Level: Middle Grade Quiz #/Name: 513934 / View from the Very Best House in Town
About the Author Meera Trehan grew up in Virginia, just outside Washington, DC. After attending the University of Virginia and Stanford Law School, she practiced law for over a decade before turning to creative writing. She lives in Maryland with her family.