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How could a girl like that simply vanish?

Twelve year old Charlies' great-aunt and namesake, Lottie, was a celebrated young violinist in Europe. But Lottie's life, so full of promise, was upended by the Nazis.

When Charlie decides to research Lottie's life for a school project, Charlie's mom warns 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 a new truth about her namesake -- and her own musical path -- in this intriguing, inter-generational mystery, inspired by the author's own family.


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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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