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Jake is a part of an extraordinary family.

He has a life filled with art, music, and long summer nights on the Cape. He has hours and days and months of baseball. But, more than anything in this world, Jake knows he has Edward. From the moment he was born, Jake knew Edward was destined for something. Edward could make anyone laugh and everyone think. During one special year, he became the only one in the neighborhood who could throw a perfect knuckleball. It was a pitch you could not hit. That same year, Jake learned there are also some things you cannot hold.

Patricia MacLachlan, one of the most beloved children's book authors writing today, has painted a deeply stirring, delicately lyrical portrait of a child, a son, a family, and a brother. Through Edward's eyes, we see what gifts all of these things truly are to those around them, and how those gifts live on and grow.

About The Author

Photograph by John MacLachlan

Patricia MacLachlan is the author of many well-loved novels and picture books, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal; its sequels, Skylark and Caleb’s StoryEdward’s EyesThe True GiftWaiting for the MagicWhite Fur Flying; Fly Away; and Snow Horses. She lives in western Massachusetts.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781416927440
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 470L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
  • Fountas & Pinnell™ S These books have been officially leveled by using the F&P Text Level Gradient™ Leveling System

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Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • Land of Enchantment RoadRunner Award Nominee (NM)
  • Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award Nominee (AR)
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee

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