Aggie isn't expecting visitors at the Sleepy Time Motel in the Great Smoky Mountains. Since her husband died, she is all alone with her cat, Ugly, and keeping up with the bills and repairs has become next to impossible. The pool is empty, the garden is overgrown, and not a soul has come to stay in nearly three months. When she reluctantly places a For Sale ad in the newspaper, Aggie doesn't know that Kirby and his mom will need a room when their breaks down on the way to Kirby's new reform school. Or that Loretta and her parents will arrive in her dad's plumbing company van on a trip meant to honor the memory of Loretta's birth mother. Or that Clyde Dover will answer the For Sale ad in such a hurry and move in with his daughter, Willow, looking for a brand-new life to replace the one that was fractured when Willow's mom left. Perhaps the biggest surprise of all is that Aggie and her guests find just the friend they need at the shabby motel in the middle of nowhere.
Awards and Distinctions
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices 2009
Parents Choice Silver Award 2008
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommendation 2009
New York Public Library's 100 Books for Reading & Sharing 2008
Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award Nominee 2009
Georgian Children's Book Award Nominee 2009
Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award Nominee 2012
New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award Nominee 2010
Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee 2010
Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee 2009
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