Fans of Paper Things, rejoice! This new book about a group of kids whose families move them to a new town (to 'improve' a neighborhood) is full of great characters and lots of drama: after all, does the new town even want improving? And what does that even mean? An eye-opening story about fitting in, good intentions, and making mistakes.— Aubrey Restifo
“I recognized myself in this book. Like Lowen, I've been an eleven-year-old grappling with guilt and grief. I've moved from a city to a small town and found a home. I know it's cheesy, but this book made me laugh, cry, and hug my child. I completely fell in love with Millville and The Dollar Kids, and I know everyone who reads this book will, too.”
— Sarah Krammen, Dragonfly Books, Decorah, IA
When a family buys a house in a struggling town for just one dollar, they're hoping to start over -- but have they traded one set of problems for another?
Twelve-year-old Lowen Grover is still reeling from the shooting death of his best friend, Abe, when he stumbles across an article about a small town giving away homes for just one dollar. It seems like the perfect escape from Flintlock and all of the awful memories associated with the city -- and to his surprise, his mum, dad, and older brother are all onboard. Only his sister, Anneth, is reluctant to leave her friends and the familiarity (and amenities ) of Flintlock, but with the rest of the family anxious to do what's best for grief-stricken Lowen, her protests fall on deaf ears. But is the Dollar Program too good to be true? The homes are in much worse shape than it appeared from the pictures, and the locals aren't exactly welcoming. Some of them even seem to resent the so-called Dollar Families. Will Millville and the dollar house be the answer to the Grovers' troubles? From the author of Small as an Elephant and Paper Things comes a heart-tugging novel about guilt and grief, family and friendship, and, above all, community.