The Poppy Parker Series Book 1
When her Grandma Beth ends up in the hospital after a stroke, twelve-year-old Poppy Parker realizes she has to come up with a plan that will get their life together back to normal. Somehow. But how is she supposed to do that when there's a robber seeking to shut her up for good?
Frightened, but refusing to give up, Poppy soon ends up in the most unusual witness protection program ever: she'll be temporarily staying with the lead detective's mother. Who happens to be really nice, so Poppy starts feeling almost at home. She even makes sort-of friends with a girl named Lizzie, and happily befriends Gunner, a beautiful dog with an uncertain future.
It's time for new plans now. Get Grandma Beth back home. Don't let the robber catch her. With Lizzie's help, save Gunner's life.
There's just one scary question left: what happens if the robber is safely put behind bars, but Grandma Beth still can't go back home?
Missouri's Mark Twain award winner
Kansas' William Allen White award winner
"A story full of strong characters and emotions . . . the crime element adds suspense and a thrilling conclusion."
"I have read some emotionally powerful books this year, and I believe at the current time this one takes the cake."
—Marie Zapkode—Just One More Chapter blog
"Absorbing . . . Winget weaves in enough suspense, emotion, and subplots to keep interest high."
"I received a copy of your book at Book Expo and passed it on to a reluctant sixth grade student reader. She enjoyed the book very much and told all her friends to read it."
—Suzanne S. middle school English teacher
"All the pieces come together for an emotionally satisfying read."