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Publisher's Summary

For fans of Rebecca Stead and Joan Bauer comes a scrappy, poignant, uplifting debut about family, friendship, and the importance of learning both how to offer help and how to accept it.

"A big-hearted novel with characters I wish were my friends in real life." (Gennifer Choldenko, author of the Al Capone at Alcatraz series)

Jeanne Ann is smart, stubborn, living in an orange van, and determined to find a permanent address before the start of seventh grade. 

Cal is awkward, sensitive, living in a humongous house across the street, and determined to save her. 

Jeanne Ann wants Cal's help just about as much as she wants to live in a van. 

As the two form a tentative friendship that grows deeper over alternating chapters, they're buoyed by a cast of complex, oddball characters who let them down, lift them up, and leave you cheering. Debut novelist Danielle Svetcov shines a light on a big problem without a ready answer, nailing heartbreak and hope, and pulling it off with the perfect balance of humor, heartbreak, and hope. 

"Insightful [and] touching.... Not to be missed." (Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice)

"You won't be able to put it down. Trust." (

"For readers of Dan Gemeinhart [and] Katherine Applegate." (The Children's Book Review)

"Relatable and beautifully told." (Commonsense Media)

"Pertinent.... Honest.... Uplifting.... Fresh." (PW

"Utterly of this moment." (Jack Cheng, author of See You in the Cosmos)

"Absorbing and warmhearted." (Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series)

"Realistically hopeful.... Recommended." (SLC)

"Sharp.... Perceptive." (BCCB)

"Unforgettable." (Brightly)

©2020 Danielle Svetcov (P)2020 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"A rich, warm story about family, friendship, and community. Insightful, touching, compelling, and timely, Parked is a terrific book - not to be missed." (Karen Cushman, Newbery Award-winning author of The Midwife’s Apprentice)


"An absorbing and warm-hearted read that explores what happens when homelessness and helpfulness collide. Readers will be transported while parked." (Annie Barrows, author of the Ivy & Bean series)


"Svetcov explores homelessness without it feeling purposeful. Her characters develop gradually, gaining strength in the process. She presents San Francisco as the dichotomy it is - beautiful and expensive, but with its share of societal issues. Quiet, yet absorbing." (Booklist)

"Danielle Svetcov has written a novel that's utterly of this moment. It's a book about generosity - not just toward others, but toward oneself. Parked is a reminder that we don’t have to feel alone in the world, because we’re not." (Jack Cheng, Golden Kite Award-winning author of See You in the Cosmos)

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  • Fiona Gilmartin
  • 08-11-2020

This is an amazing book!

My friends and I enjoyed this book! It’s probably one of my favorite books. I have read it with my fourth grade book club and listened to the audible version. I definitely recommend this book!

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