Amy lives in a small town. For any reader who has been there, they will automatically remember the pros and cons that come with a small community. The biggest con being that no one seems to be able to stay out of your business.
Amy Henderson is one of those young girls who, in 1973, feels all that insecurity and loneliness that comes with being on the outside of the popular girls. More of a loner than anything else, Amy needs something to focus on; she needs something uplifting that can perhaps change the course of her life. As fate would have it, Amy finds just that in a very strange place.
Rescuing an injured seal that she names Pup, Amy finds her purpose. Needing help to keep Pup away from the always angry harbormaster and a parcel of those popular girls who always seem to be in everyone’s way, is a battle for Amy.
Help arrives in the form of a love interest by the name of Craig. This is the boy who many ignore, or simply chalk up to being on ‘the wrong side of the tracks’ without ever giving him a chance. His worn-out Army jacket is his favorite clothing, and Craig has that brave face set firmly in place to hide his real emotions.
Miss Cogshell is the other person who helps Amy in her battle. Although the small town people refer to her as ‘Old Coot,’ she has more intelligence and kindness in her pinky finger than all the townspeople put together. With these two friends and supporters by her side, Amy begins to shine, facing the world with new eyes and doing everything she can to make her voice be heard.
This is a wonderful YA tale for the simple fact that it shows one and all that the power and courage to stand up and be heard in this life comes from within. And that no matter who you are, you have that toughness inside your soul. Craig has a lovely heart that hides behind that sarcasm he aims at the world, and he will remind every small town girl about that quiet boy she fell in love with long ago. ‘Old Coot’ brings the fun and humor along with her, and Pup is the sweetest creature in the world.
Quill says: Having all the ingredients of first love, faith, loss and strength makes ‘Amy’ unforgettable.