What a treat. I read this right after I read another Newberry Medal book, The Wednesday Wars, and I loved it!
Salamanca Tree Hiddle is on a cross-country trip with her grandparents. They ask her to tell them a story, so she tells them about her friend Phoebe and how Phoebe's mother disappeared. Interwoven into Salamanca's re-telling of Phoebe's story is Salamanca's own story of her mother disappearing.
Super-sweet, with lots of heart and humor. Recommended if you're looking for a well-told, thoughtful book. Oh yah, this is another book that falls under my category of Gentle Reading.