by Kelly Gilbert
All his life, seventeen-year-old Danny Cheng has wanted only one thing: to live up to his immigrant parents’ years of sacrifice on his behalf. That means treating his GPA with a dedication usually reserved for Olympic athletes; respecting the many things his parents have always kept him in the dark about; and, mostly, keeping a low enough profile to stay off the radar of anyone who might care that his parents are undocumented immigrants.
Danny’s father was once a rapidly rising research physicist, but a single-minded obsession with quantum entanglement—the idea that particles that have interacted can thereafter only be defined relative to one another—cost him his job. Now his dad’s stuck working as a mall security officer, and quantum entanglement is a forbidden phrase at home.
After getting busted for underage drinking at a frat party, deportation becomes the new word no one dares to speak aloud. A rift forms in the fallout of his parents’ disappointment and fear, and for the first time Danny allows himself to question his family history. And though his parents go into lockdown mode and are more tight-lipped than ever, Danny begins to believe there was more to his parents’ emigration to the U.S.—and to his father’s obsession with quantum entanglement—than he was ever told.
Determined to find answers, Danny plans a road trip behind his parents’ back, and his search will uncover a haunting family history. To unearth the truth, Danny will have to risk exposing his parents and to decide what it ultimately means to belong to someone—how you get there, whether you can sever it, and how much belonging might demand of you.
North American publisher: Disney-Hyperion, 2016
Foreign rights contact: Emily Meehan, Disney-Hyperion
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services