Going to sleepaway camp can be one of the most wonderful experiences for a young girl. But for Amy Becker, it’s a nightmare. Amy, whose home life is in turmoil, is sent away to summer camp for the first time as a teenager. Though she swears she hates her mother, whom she thinks often mistreats her mentally challenged younger brother Charlie, she is less than thrilled to be leaving home. When she arrives at camp, she is subjected to horrifying “initiation” rites and bullying by Rory, the ringleader of the girls in her cabin. Then a cousin reveals secrets about Amy’s mother and her world is turned upside down.
With the support of a few close friends, Amy embarks on a crusade to find her voice and stop the torment raining down on her from the mean girls. When she returns home, a strengthened Amy comes to understand her mother in a new light. Together her family struggles through life and death, realizing that when the clouds part, there will be sun.
In this deep and affecting story, Elaine Wolf reminds readers that everyone has their own demons to fight. Themes of bullying and parental conflicts will resonate with a wide teenage readership.