Jerome is staying with his Aunt Geneva and her family, now that his mother has passed away. Aunt Geneva does her best to make Jerome feel welcome, but it just doesn't feel like home. He misses his mother, he misses his piano, and his cousins make it clear they're not happy about the new living arrangements. Then Jerome meets Mr. Willie, who lives in a ramshackle carriage house nearby. Mr. Willie isn't like other people in Jerome's life: he doesn't ask a lot of questions; he just listens. He played the piano as a boy, just like Jerome. Maybe Jerome can find a home again with Mr. Willie. But when the carriage house is slated for demolition, Mr. Willie disappears. Jerome wonders where his friend will stay, and whether he will ever find a place to call home in this Society of School Librarians International Honor Book.
About the Author
Andrea Cheng teaches English as a Second Language and has written many books for children. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and their three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is heart warming and very moving. It is a tale that shows the pain and harsh world in soft words. Jerome is trying to bear the weight of this new world he is forced to enter by keeping his mother's sprit in his heart and reminding himself of all the wise words she ever said. Quickly, he acepts his new life and makes friends and finds a place for himself, finds his heart as a caring, green thumbed, pianist known as Jerome.