"Inside, I hurt in that empty-puzzle-piece way ... The tears flow, hot as the creek in the summer time ... I'm alone in a foreign land, this kingdom called New Bedroom, so clean, it makes my brain hurt ... I've been a world of tired, clear down in my dusty bones."
Not only does Carey have to reconnect with the real world, but with her father and new stepmother and stepsister, too. And she has to learn how to accept and deal with everything that happened to her in the woods. This is a moving and powerful story, one that will break your heart more than once, and make you smile through your tears.