Author: Patrick, Cat
Mere months after her best friend's death, thirteen-year-old Tess spends a summer with family in Wyoming, making friends at art camp while being haunted by Colette and her own anxieties.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.90
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 511515
Kirkus Reviews (04/01/21)
School Library Journal (06/01/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/05/21)
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Booklist - 05/01/2021 Tess’ best friend, Collete, has died in an accident, and Tess—twin sister of Frankie, the protagonist of Tornado Brain (2020)—is beyond bereft. Though devastated, she has gone with her family to their cabin in Wyoming for vacation. There she is enrolled in art camp, where she meets a cute boy named Izzy; it’s an instant crush for both of them. Meanwhile, strange things begin happening to Tess. She develops a preternatural fear of an animal-crossing overpass on the road to their cabin; she attracts a stalker, an elderly man who wears a yellow scarf just like the man in a ghost story Tess had told Colette; and, well, there’s more. Tess wonders, is Colette haunting her? At the same time, she keeps hearing a vicious, intimidating voice in her head that is always putting her down. Patrick’s cleverly plotted tale is a mash-up of mystery and summer romance that makes for an agreeable companion to Tornado Brain, and it can also be read and enjoyed independently. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2021 Gr 4 Up—Patrick's sequel to Tornado Brain, an intimate look into the world of a neurodivergent teen, shifts the focus to Frankie's sister Tess, who is struggling with anxiety after the death of her best friend. Attending art camp in Wyoming just a few months after the tragic event, Tess battles "Mean Me," the voice that tells her that she cannot do enough or be enough, and focuses her attention on her hands; she constantly tears and bites at her nails and cuticles. She can no longer draw, a skill that used to give her comfort. Tess finds herself shuffled between various groups of people trying to help. Her cousins and aunt and uncle delicately try to help her process her grief, and the townie art club kids welcome her with ease and understanding; both entities wind up giving her back a piece of herself that she thought was lost. Patrick provides a unique look into the world of a grief-stricken kid trying to stay above water. She intertwines mystery, realistic fiction, romance, and social-emotional issues with aplomb, creating a lovely and therapeutic story. Readers may recognize and sympathize feelings of standing in someone's shadow and feeling lost, unable to ask for help. Tess is cued as white. VERDICT A suggested purchase for upper elementary and middle school libraries. Educators may want to use the book for group reads centered on coping with grief, trauma, and anxiety. Patrick weaves an authentic tale of a young girl with a sensitive heart who endures life's hardships.—Rachel Joiner, Advent Episcopal Sch., Bessemer, AL - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.