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Children's LiteratureJosephine Claire Calloway O'Connor, a teenager from no place in particular, has spent most of her life moving with her father, Chase, around the country from place to place at a moment's notice. After receiving mysterious phone calls, Chase packs their things, chooses a place on the map, and moves them there. At the beginning of the story, they move to Seattle, Washington, and Jo begins her first day at Beacon High School. She falls in love with Alex Crawford at first sight and becomes best friends with Elaine Golden. Problems arise when Chase informs Jo that he is in the witness protection program and that they have to move again, but this time they have to fake their deaths. Willing to do anything to protect her father, Jo agrees to participate, but she cannot disappear without saying goodbye to her new friends. When she does this, her visit stirs rumors of her ghost haunting the school. This is a skillfully written romantic comedy. Jo's struggle to find her identity is an issue that many young girls face. Her recognition that what makes her happy is just being herself is a valuable lesson for readers to learn. 2004, Simon Pulse, Ages 8 to 12.