This is the remarkable story of a girl named Willow, a 12-year-old genius who has the ability to quickly learn foreign languages (including Vietnamese), and also has a special talent for growing plants of all kinds. One day Willow's life changes suddenly when both of her parents are killed in a car crash (this happens right at the beginning of the book, so I am not giving away anything). Willow suddenly finds herself living in a completely different situation, with people that she barely knows.
Holly Goldberg Sloan creates an interesting mix of believable characters. If you read this book, you will feel that you have gotten to know each of the characters personally. I am hoping that there might be a sequel someday, so that I could find out what happened to each of the people in this book.
You can find out more about Holly Goldberg Sloan by visiting her website: http://hollygoldbergsloan.com/index.php