Author: Nicole Melleby
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Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasnt composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though shes a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Figs dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, it has brought social services to their door.
Diving into books about Van Gogh to understand the madness of artists, calling on her best friend for advice, and turning to a new neighbor for support, Fig continues to try everything she can think of to understand her father, to save him from himself, and to find space in her life to discover who she is even as the walls are falling down around her.