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This book is suitable for ages 9-12. Twelve-year-old Ellen reluctantly agrees to spend a summer as a companion to 77-year-old Lilith Adams because she wants to earn a ten-speed bicycle. A powerful friendship grows, and both gain a deeper understanding of old age, loneliness, insecurity, and death. "Publishers Weekly" comments, "Written with grace and wit, the story entertains while it teaches a lesson about the human condition."
Hadley Irwin is the pen name of Lee Hadley and Annabelle Irwin, both native Iowans, who taught English at Iowa State University, Ames. Together they wrote over a dozen young adult novels.