The Memory of Forgotten Things

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2019-2020 Jr. Tome It List (grades 6-8)

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Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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2019 Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Finalist for YA & Middle Grade

One of the happiest memories twelve-year-old Sophia Wallace has is of her tenth birthday. Her mother made her a cake that year—and not a cake from a box-mix, but from scratch. She remembers the way the frosting tasted, the way the pink sugar roses dissolved on her tongue.

This memory, and a scant few others like it, are all Sophia has of her mother, so she keeps them close. She keeps them secret, too. Because as paltry as these memories are, she shouldn’t have them at all.

The truth is, Sophia Wallace’s mother died when she was six years old. But that isn’t how she remembers it. Not always.

Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories—snapshots of a past that never happened. But everything changes when Sophia gets assigned a school research project on solar eclipses. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died.

With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her—before the opportunity is lost forever.



"Zhang’s prose is lyrical and the plot unique and intriguing. A heart-tugging and mind-bending exploration of time and possibility."

 - School Library Journal

"Full of heart and imagination." 

- Kirkus

"Zhang’s story is filled with real-world lessons on compassion and kindness with a sci-fi twist—a skillfully rendered framing device for exploring deeper issues of loss, longing, and acceptance."

- Publisher's Weekly