Summer of Brave
by Amy Noelle Parks
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Pub Date 01 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 01 Apr 2021
Twelve-year-old Lilla Baxter-Willoughby doesn’t lie. She’s just a little bit…selective.
To keep her parents happy, Lilla hides how much she hates moving back and forth between their houses, and she stomps down her doubts about that elite high school they’re pushing her toward. To keep peace with her best friend Vivi, Lilla doesn’t share that she got the junior camp counselor job that Vivi wanted. And even though—no, especially because—he seems into it, Lilla does not tell the boy she grew up with about all the little sparks that flared up inside her the day she noticed his Suddenly Adorable Freckles.
So when Vivi dares Lilla to start telling the truth as part of their Summer of Brave, Lilla hesitates. Because if she says out loud what she really wants, her whole life might crash down around her. And she doesn’t need that.
Except maybe she does.