Penelope wishes she were starting fifth grade with her best friend, Tim, who has recently died of cancer. When everyone pairs off with friends from last year, Penelope is alone. This funny and moving story offers hope and comfort to children who have lost loved ones.

While You Were Out 2006, Puffin Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780142406281

Trade paperback

While You Were Out 2004, Dutton Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780525472957