by Natalie Lloyd
Scholastic (Feb. 23, 2016)
Fantasy Chapter Book
“Some books are so special that you never forget where you were the first time you read them.”
Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, and helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the destiny dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.
Why You'll Love It:
- The book's evocative setting and cast of eccentric minor characters will draw readers into Emma's world-one warmed by friendship, love, and hope-to share in her discovery that the most valuable treasures lie within.
- Despite ghosts and graves, the story avoids the macabre and instead focuses on the relationships among memory, sadness, and joy, especially as Emma's still recovering from her mother's death.
- This novel will be appreciated by younger middle grade readers who enjoy mysteries with an ample dose of magic and whimsy.
Great for 3rd-6th graders...and here's the book trailer from Scholastic.
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