Reading/Interest Level: Primary, Intermediate
Author: Corey Ann Haydu
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Danny and Clover are best friends with a special connection. They do everything together and it’s almost like they can read each other’s minds! They have different strengths and weaknesses that balance out almost perfectly. Together, it’s like magic. All of a sudden, Danny gets sick - really sick. Clover is the only one who can help him feel better. Being near her relieves his symptoms, but he continues to get worse and the doctors can’t figure out what wrong. Determined to save her best friend, Clover tries everything she can think of to find a cure, even sneaking him off to a clinic in Vermont. In the end, even her magic can’t save him and she’s forced to say goodbye.
This book is so sweet and touching. Throughout the story, readers can feel how Clover feels about Danny and how important he is to her. As they experience this trial together, the reader's heart goes out to both of them and the accompanying individual struggles they are facing. Readers will come to love the characters and fall in love with their story, even with what some may call a sad ending. This book discusses themes of friendship and love and ultimately shows that love persists beyond death and beyond anything in this world. No matter what happens externally, love remains. A story of sacrifice and love, readers will want to come see the friendship between Clover and Danny and find out just how far their love can get them. The Someday Suitcase is a beautiful, moving story that will make you laugh and cry.