A witty, suspenseful and inventive debut that asks what makes a person a friend and a house a home.
Sam and Asha. Asha and Sam. Their friendship is so long established, they take it for granted. Just as Asha takes for granted that Donnybrooke, the mansion that sits on the highest hill in Coreville, is the best house in town. But when Sam is accepted into snobbish Castleton Academy as an autistic “Miracle Boy”, he leaves Asha, who is also autistic, to navigate middle school alone.
He also leaves her wondering if she can take anything for granted any more. Because soon Sam is spending time with Prestyn, Asha’s nemesis, whose family owns Donnybrooke and have forbidden Asha to set foot inside. But when it becomes clear that Prestyn’s interest in Sam is less than friendly, will Asha be able to find it in herself to help her former friend?
Told from the points of view of Asha, Sam and Donnybrooke itself, this is a highly original debut about friendship, peer pressure and bullying.
“A sharply insightful, gripping read, with a painfully accurate portrait of childhood friendships, and a sentient house like no other.” Louie Stowell, author of Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good