Circumstances beyond our control can wreck the best of plans in the blink of an eye. But then someone hands you a kitten. Or you learn you’re stronger than you realized. Magic happens. Every good story has a villain, an antagonist or a disaster of some sort. But that’s what makes the hero stand out, the friendship stronger, the kitten sweeter. If you like an unexpectedly happy ending, check out the stories below.
Serendipity and Me by Judith L Roth
There IS an uplifting conclusion to this thoughtful, free-verse novel, but you might wonder how when you begin this story about family loss and the slow, painful path to healing. It should come as no surprise that the arrival of a kitten on her doorstep is exactly the serendipity Sarah needs to find her happy ending.
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Twelve-year-old Lucy spends most of her time trying to photograph the “perfect moment” but the truth is, her life is mostly filled with IMPERFECT moments. Her family just moved to a new town, she isn’t sure her new friends really like her, her dad is away working most of the time, and she just dropped her expensive camera in the lake. Half a Chance is sensitive, truthful, thoughtful and best of all has one of the best endings ever.
Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
Jack is the only person who has ever made Hazel feel like she fits. Then one day, Jack changes. But when he disappears, Hazel, brave and true, undertakes a perilous journey to find her old friend and bring him back. Along the way, she also discovers her own sense of self-worth. Breadcrumbs is heartbreaking and beautiful and will speak to readers of all ages.