Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner
Twelve-year-old Circa loves spending time with her dad learning how to repair old photographs in their family studio. When he's not repairing photos, he photo shops images into them and then creates stories about the altered pictures. Then one day, her dad goes out in a storm to deliver a photo to a very difficult client, only to have an accident and never return.
Just as Circa and her mom are trying to start life without dad, a mysterious boy, Miles, appears at their house with the photograph her dad was trying to deliver. Miles has lost his memory and doesn't remember his past. Circa's mom suffers from depression and anxiety, so it is difficult for her at first to deal with Miles.
Circa and her mom try to help Miles recover his identity. Through photo restorations and Photoshop fun, Circa and Miles develop a strong friendship with one another. As strange things start to happen, Circa starts to wonder if her photo shopping talent is starting to become real. The story climaxes when Circa is finally ready to accept her father’s death and both she and her mother realize how important Miles is to them. He changes her and her mother in a way that they could not have imagined, or known that they needed.
I have read a lot lately, but this by far has been one of my favorites. I misplaced this book for a few days and I was frantic to locate it so I could found out how it ended. Thank goodness I did. It was a fantastic story. I loved the concept of reality mixing with fantasy. The author included the photo "shopt" pictures from the story with the father's made up story about them. While it was a sad story, it was also one of hope. Circa was a lovely main character - one you would want to know in "real life”. I highly recommend you check this book out!