One pint-sized girl. Ten supersized crises. And it's high noon.
Madeline 'Twigs' Henry is a small teen in the shadow of some big problems. Born prematurely, and still so tiny in stature that people think she's in the fifth grade, Twigs has a mighty spirit. She needs that spirit when life throws a bucket of stones at her. It starts with a drunken deserter dad. Mom and little sister are so obsessed with their own love lives that Twigs has to take care of both of them. Her adored soldier brother Matt is suddenly missing in the Middle East. Just as Twigs is trying to figure out how she can solve everybody's problems (and find out if her boyfriend is cheating on her after just one week away at school), the flash of a knife slices her life, and Twigs must stand up to a gang of thugs to try to save the person she loves most--the very father who left her all alone.
"In a charming ... small-town drama, Madeline 'Twigs' Henry navigates family secrets, boyfriend troubles and a friendship with a spirited older woman. The larger-than-life characters and gestures bring humor and action to the story . . . Twigs is a compellingly flawed character, and [her] growth is palpable." --Kirkus Reviews
"Twigs is a unique coming-of-age story with a vivid cast of truly unforgettable characters." --Kieran Scott, author of the He's So/She's So trilogy
"I think there are many teens out there who can relate to at least one or more of the life-changing events that Twigs goes through, whether it's embarking on the scary adventure of going to college or getting used to a new significant other in their parent's life. I found this book to be entertaining and a great summer read." --The Real Bookshelves of Room 918
"Twigs was easy to relate to. I think that we have all had a time in our lives when it felt like everything was falling apart . . . Twigs was so special in a lot of ways . . . over all I found the book to be a nice read." - Daydreamer N's Reviews
"[An] absolutely touching novel.... I enjoyed every bit . . . Alison Ashley Formento really does a great job in knitting together a heart-wrenching and emotional read that perfectly portrays the trials a young girl has to go through to figure out who she really is, and where she fits in this crazy world." --The Young Folks