The Book of Bright Ideas

Publisher Comments:

Friendship. Sisterhood. Secrets. For two girls, an incredible journey is about to begin…

Wisconsin, 1961. Evelyn “Button” Peters is nine the summer Winnalee and her fiery-spirited older sister, Freeda, blow into her small town–and from the moment she sees them, Button knows this will be a summer unlike any other.
Much to her mother’s dismay, Button is fascinated by the Malone sisters, especially Winnalee, a feisty scrap of a thing who carries around a shiny silver urn containing her mother’s ashes and a tome she calls “The Book of Bright Ideas.” It is here, Winnalee tells Button, that she records everything she learns: her answers to the mysteries of life. But sometimes those mysteries conceal a truth better left buried. And when a devastating secret is suddenly revealed, dividing loyalties and uprooting lives, no one–from Winnalee and her sister to Button and her family–will ever be the same.


From the author of the "poignant [and] engrossing" ("The Washington Post") "Carry Me Home" comes a sweet and sharply drawn story of two young girls living in a world of their imagination, while lives around them are thrown into disarray.

Target’s Bookmarked™ selection for summer 2006

Named to the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age 2007, as an adult book suitable for teens.