After being orphaned at a young age, Alice has grown up in the loving family of her uncle; her closest friend, Teddy, also experienced loss when his father walked out of his and his mother’s lives. Alice knows—and secretly loves—everything about Teddy; when she gives him a winning lottery ticket for his 18th birthday, however, it has the unexpected effect of throwing their friendship into uncharted waters. With its examination of the challenges that a Windfall (Delacorte, $18.99) brings to a friendship, Jennifer Smith’s latest novel explores how individuals accept or deny aspects of their lives that are beyond their control. This compelling, romantic tale ultimately delivers a hopeful message that is sorely needed in these times. Ages 13-17.