Everything We Keep, by Di Walker
This middle grade book is the perfect reminder that families are all different, and shines a light on the importance of embracing differences within family units.
Thirteen-year-old Abigail has been in and out of foster care and is about to return home to live with her parents. However, she's established a safe life and routine with her carer Katherine and her Naval officer husband Lawson, who provide stability, care and routine. Will Agatha find a way to stay with Katherine while still remaining connected to her parents?
Agatha is a wonderful protagonist who you cannot help but ache for - she is tough but vulnerable, and young readers will find themselves barracking for her throughout the story, hoping that she will gradually learns to trust everyone around her - including the social workers, the teachers at her new school, and her new friends.
This story is full of heartache but also heart and hope, and it is impossible not to feel completely invested in Agatha's story. This book ultimately illuminates the enduring power of love and friendship.
Published by Scholastic Books