Sunday, April 10, 2016

This Librarian's Quick Picks: The Key to Extraordinary

Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd book coverThe Key to Extraordinary
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.
Who Should Read It:

Great for 3rd-6th graders...and here's the book trailer from Scholastic.

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