IOU's Author:Ouida Sebestyen "Me? You say my grandfather wants to see me? Not my Mom? He doesn't even know me...I'll go when he asks me to. Personally! And asks her too." — Thirteen-year-old Stowe Garrett is determined to repay his mother, Annie, for single-handedly taking care of him all these years, for showing him the fun parts of life instead of the pain. He years to mak... more »e up for what his absentee father and her own were unable or unwilling to give. It's been Stowe and Annie against the world for as long as Stowe can remember - but a sudden phone call changes everything.
Should he tell Annie that his dying grandfather has asked for him, but not for her, his very own daughter? His best friend Brownie would know how to handle it. Even when he didn't know; Brownie plunged full speed ahead. Why couldn't he be more like Brownie? Why did he always have to stop and think of right and wrong; of what Annie would do?
Only a journey to the deathbed of the grandfather he's never known allows Stowe to come into his own and resolve his ambivalence about his loving, spirited mother and the father he's yet to meet - to move beyond the safe boundaries of childhood, to reach out and risk.« less