Miracle

Paperback releasing 9/24/24!
Hardcover Available NOW!

Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown BYR

When her father dies, Amie’s ability to play music dies, too. Nothing short of a miracle can bring back what she has lost.

Amie has spent her life perfectly in tune with Ba-ba, her father—she plays the violin, his favorite instrument; she loves all his favorite foods, even if he can’t eat them during his cancer treatments; and they talk about books, including Amie’s favorite series, Harry Potter. But after Ba-ba dies, Amie feels distanced from everyone close to her, like her mother and her best friends, Rio and Bella. More devastating still, she loses her ability to play the violin—the notes that used to flow freely are now stilted and sharp. Will Amie ever find her way back to the music she once loved?

With hope and harmony lighting the way—and with help from the people who care about her most—Amie must find the strength to carry on. In the end, she’ll learn that healing, while painful, can be its own miraculous song.

Praise for Miracle

— A Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) Best Book of 2024 —

“Told in a first-person perspective, this lyrical narrative weaves in musical elements to effectively describe the complexity of Amie’s grief and its effects on her love for music…fans of When You Trap a Tiger will find this poignant middle grade novel valuable.” ~The Bulletin

“Well-paced and serious without being overly heavy, Chow’s debut is a great pick for anyone with a love of music or with a cloud of grief lingering over them.” ~Booklist

“Portraying variations on grief experiences amid a community slowly adjusting after a shared loss, Chow honors the tween protagonist’s complexities and priorities as explored via Amie’s candid voice.” ~Publishers Weekly

“A beautifully written debut about family, friendship, and life after loss. Any reader who’s lost a loved one will be able to relate to and find comfort in Amie’s story of grief and healing. Miracle will be a miracle for the readers who need it.” ~Dusti Bowling, author of Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus and The Canyon’s Edge

“Told in lyrical, heartfelt prose, Miracle weaves a symphony of loss and healing that’s certain to tug at your heartstrings.” ~Cindy Baldwin, author of Where the Watermelons Grow

“Karen Chow writes an incredibly moving and realistic depiction of the many different ways a young person grieves. This book will have readers appreciating the miracle of love, grief, and learning to live again.” ~Amanda Rawson Hill, author of The Hope of Elephants

“Miracle is a deeply personal and moving account of one girl’s grief. It is a story about life and loss and—most of all—hope.” ~Mary E. Lambert, author of Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes