This is one of those warm-hearted books that still packs a literary punch. Elsa is seven years old and quirky. She struggles making friends her own age because she’s just as concerned about their using proper grammar as she is about their ability to make up a rousing imaginative game. Here, we might refer to her as an “old soul,” but in Elsa’s world she is known as weird and odd. Elsa survives her loneliness because her grandmother stands in as Elsa’s best friend. Granny is a firecracker of feelings and impulses. She shoots at people with paint balls, dances when the moment takes her, and has no problem giving her opinion regardless of the social setting. When Elsa’s grandmother dies, Elsa is cast into the role of delivering letters of apologies to all the people Granny affronted while alive. With a flurried pace of wild narrative and incredible setting, this book had me laughing and tearing sentences apart. In some ways, this is a story of one child’s passage through grief, but it is also a depiction of the highlights of life and how being ourselves is really the only way to forge a connection. A beautiful and lasting story. —S.M.C.