Break in Case of Emergency (MP3 CD)
Set in a small town in the 1990s, this is the story of a girl on the edge--of a breakdown, of family secrets, of learning who she really is. Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents' dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. Convinced that she is destined to follow her mother's path, she creates a plan to escape her pain. But with the news that her father is coming home and finally wants to meet her, Toby learns the truth of her parents' story. Her father is gay and a world-famous female impersonator--in a time when these facts are a source of small-town whispers and secrets, and not something anyone had dared talk with her about before. As her careful plans go awry, Toby must rebuild her life from the ground up. While she might not follow an expected path, with the support of a quirky but lovable circle of friends and family, Toby will finally put together the many different pieces that make up her past, her present and her future.
An amazing picture book that shows the power of art. Minh Le and Dan Santat (local author!) team up to create a powerful story about family, love, and strength. All with just a few words and a lot of action on the page. I loved the way the two drawing styles came together. - Jessica