I texted Nilofer and promised to stay
in touch every step of the way.
She texted back eight lines of hearts.
Eight was our secret lucky number.
Eight was unbreakable, two circles intertwined.
Unbreakable, unbreakable, I am unbreakable.
Sami Stanic isn’t a crier. She’s found it’s better to be useful, so people keep you around. It’s worked for the past ten years that she has lived with her grandfather.
But when unexpected news shakes her world, Sami comes face to face with her deepest fears. Is there anywhere she really belongs? If people knew where she came from, could they still love her?
From the towers of Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park to Chicago’s south side, and back again, Sami and an unusual entourage set off on an eight-day journey that will change her life forever. Along the sometimes heart-wrenching, often hilarious way, Sami uncovers painful secrets – but also the truths that shine a warm light on what home and family really mean.
A note from the author:
“Eight Days is a journey book about a teen girl who is hungry for family and has felt “other” her entire life. Over the course of an eight-day car trip to and from Chicago, Sami finds her voice as she pieces together who she is and where she belongs. Although some of the days are dark, they are woven with shards of humour and light, for ultimately, this journey is one of love.” — Teresa Toten