Thursday, June 18, 2020
All the Impossible Things, by Lindsay Lackey
When she ends up with the Grooves family and their collection of exotic pets, Red feels that she's finally found a place she can call home temporarily. Dearest to her is their giant tortoise Tuck, with whom she bonds. But when the tortoise goes missing, her foster mother gets sick, and Red discovers that her biological mother was actually released months ago and has been hiding out, Red becomes overwhelmed by the seemingly impossible nature of her situation.
While mostly a down-to-earth (and touching) story of a girl who wants to piece her family back together, Lackey has thrown in a hint of magic: Red has the seeming ability to summon up storms. This is used mostly as metaphor up until almost the very end. It's cute and restrained and adds a wonderful undercurrent that does not distract from the overall message of finding family where one may. That is representative of this largely understated and modest story.