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How could a girl like that simply vanish?

Twelve-year-old Charlie’s great-aunt and namesake, Lottie, once held European audiences captive with her incredible violin playing. But Lottie’s life, once so full of promise, was upended by the Nazis at the start of World War II—and no one ever heard from her again.

But the more Charlie digs into her family’s past, the more muddied Lottie’s story becomes. Charlie’s search leads her to a new truth about her namesake—and her own musical path—in this intriguing, intergenerational mystery.

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A Somali refugee girl and a local boy find friendship in a small Maine town.

"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

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