full color throughout $ 17.95 US / $ 23.95 CAD Hardcover / 8.5 x 11 40 pages / ages 4 to 8 ISBN: 978-0-7358-4289-2

When Eliza Jane Murphy—line leader, captain of the worm rescue team—impulsively pockets a sparkly green stone from her classroom’s “Exploring Green” display table, her heart crumples.

My heart stopped singing. My letters went wonky. I was too heavy to swing!

I wanted to put it back . . . But what if someone saw?

But when she discovers that nearly everyone in her family took something once in their lives—from her baby brother and mom, to her nana with her sausage-stealing dog—Eliza overcomes her shame to make things right.

A hilarious and heartfelt story about stealing and finding the courage to do the right thing.

Hilarious and sweet, with a gentle, affirming moral.
*Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

This entertaining, original picture book leaves plenty of room for discussion.
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

...An invaluable resource for educators and parents...
School Library Journal

We all make mistakes and hope for the forgiveness of those we hurt. We also are all more than the worst decisions we have ever made. That message will resonate with all readers.
New York Journal of Books

  • Northern Lights Book Awards Humor Category Winner, 2021
  • Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Awards nominee