Before and after school, while her parents work, ten-year-old Sonia stays with her next-door neighbour, Mrs. Kaminski, and her granddaughter, Marta.
When Sonia accidentally breaks Mrs. Kaminski's seemingly precious blue vase, Marta offers to keep it a secret for a price. But Sonia is not able to satisfy Marta's escalating demands-more gifts, more money and favours-and when Marta spreads lies about Sonia in school, her classmates taunt her.
Finally, after a teacher makes a discovery in Sonia's knapsack, she is forced to find the courage she needs to confront her bully.
Winner of the Christy Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize (the BC Book Prize), Katerina Jovanovic lives in Vancouver with her family and trains preschool teachers at a local college. This is her first chapter book for young readers.
Josée has won many awards for her illustration work and has been shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Awards in 2008 and 2010.She lives in Montreal with her husband and their three charming children. She loves drawing cats and cutting things out of any scrap of paper she can get her hands on.