HOW COULD A GIRL LIKE THAT SIMPLY VANISH?
Twelve year old Charlie’s great-aunt and namesake, Lottie, was a celebrated young violinist – who tragically disappeared during the Holocaust.
When Charlie decides to research Lottie’s life for a school project, Charlie’s mom and her brother Jake warn her that Lottie must have perished. But the more Charlie uncovers clues about the past, the more she wonders: Could Lottie have somehow survived?
Charlie’s search leads her to new truths and insights into her own musical path in this intriguing, inter-generational mystery, inspired by the author’s own family.
KIRKUS REVIEWS: “A highly accessible and endearing historical mystery about a painful period of the past that still resonates in the contemporary landscape.
Charlie uses photographs, letters, journals, scrapbooks, library resources and dogged determination to uncover the journey and fate of her lost relative. Readers will appreciate putting together the puzzle pieces, which are loosely based on the author’s own family’s story.”
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award
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A Somali refugee girl and local boy find friendship in a small Maine town.
Twelve year old Jacques has problems at home, but at least counts on being captain of the soccer team. Then Mohammed, an even better player, moves to town with other Somali families. His sister, Kiki, is in Jacques’ class. Outgoing and cheerful, Kiki is terrific at soccer, too, but has a mysterious scar…
“Jacques and Kiki are intriguing characters, strong and empathetic. Despite problems of culture, they find their way to friendship in a story that’s beautifully crafted.
A stunning debut novel.”
- Patricia Reilly Giff,
Two-time Winner of the Newbery Honor
BOOKLIST Says: “This ultimately rosy picture of an unexpectedly diverse town coming together is heartening and gratifying.”