Freddie has been alone on the streets for a long time, ever since being kicked out by his alcoholic father. He has nothing to his name except for a couple of pounds and his backpack. When he sees a family leave on vacation, he only means to close the banging front door for them so that no one breaks in. The allure of warmth is too much for him, and the next thing he knows, he is inside the house. With strong convictions about what is allowed, he only eats some food that is turning bad and doesn’t allow himself to sit on the sleep in the beds. He gives up his last two pound to their money jar for the water and soap he uses. Seeing on the calendar that the family will be gone for three weeks, Freddie comes up with a plan to use the few weeks of break from the cold to get himself off the streets for good. However, when the family comes back a week early, he must run and hide in the attic.
Cara Thurlbourn’s (Amazon affiliate link) The Boy Who Lived in the Ceiling is a fantastic YA novel coming out in July 2021. While there is a slight romance aspect to it, the book is a coming of age story about finding oneself. It highlights the very real problem of homelessness and the great need for compassion.
Disclaimer: An advance copy was provided by Wise Wolf Books.