"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela*

Gamma bit her lip, shaking her head a little. “Because knowing the difference between hard and impossible is important, baby girl. Lots of things in life are hard. But nothing is impossible. Remember: It always seems impossible . . .” Her voice trailed off and she looked at Red expectantly.

Red knew her line. “Until it’s done!”
All the Impossible Things by Lindsay Lackey

Praise for
All the Impossible Things

Voted A Best Book of 2019 by:

New York Public Library, 

Denver Public Library, 


& Children’s Book Review

Fall ’19 Indies Introduce Title & Indie Next Pick

"A gorgeous story about the joy that's possible when we allow hope into our hearts. Wise and wondrous, this is truly a novel to cherish."
Katherine Applegate
Newbery Award winner and New York Times-bestselling author of WISHTREE
"Lackey tackles difficult topics including addiction and loss with infinite gentleness."
"All the Impossible Things touched my heart in the way that only truly fantastic middle grade lit can... This is the perfect book."
Liz Rice
The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL
"A beautiful, nuanced story of how love and grief can coexist."
Mariama J. Lockington
"Lackey’s compassionately drawn story ponders hope, grief, and found family, warming the heart while avoiding an overly neat conclusion."
Publishers Weekly
"Lackey deftly draws readers into Red’s tumultuous emotional journey; with its strong narrative voice, interspersed with letters and journal entries in Red’s own words, the text resonates with a mixture of hope and hurt, strength and vulnerability."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Recommended Review
"Painful to read - in a good way."

*There is actually no proof that Nelson Mandela said this. However, it is widely attributed to him…and sure seems like something he’d say, doesn’t it?!