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  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Frazee LINK Site J STA (Text) 33500013246194 New Available -
Moorhead Public Library J STA (Text) 33500013246202 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 0062893289
  • ISBN: 9780062893284
  • Physical Description: 373 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]

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While her grandmother was alive, Emma's world was filled with enchantment. But now Gram is gone, and suddenly strange spots are appearing on Emma's skin. Soon, she's diagnosed with vitiligo--a condition that makes patches of her skin lose their color--and the magic in her world is suddenly replaced with school bullies and doctor appointments. But when Emma writes one last story in the journal she shared with Gram, something strange happens. Someone writes back to her, just like Gram used to. Who's writing to Emma? And just what is her story going to be, now that everything is so different?

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #2
    *Starred Review* When Emma discovers the first spot, "like a tiny bright moon" on her left foot, she's sitting in church at the funeral of her grandmother, who had been her best friend as well. Soon other pale areas appear on Emma's face and hands. The diagnosis is vitiligo, a skin condition triggered by stress. When a classmate spreads a rumor that Emma has a highly contagious skin disease, she becomes a pariah, but Fina, a new friend, helps her through that painful period. Mysteriously, someone is continuing Gram's tradition of leaving original enchanted-woodland fantasy narratives for Emma to continue writing. While trying to discover the person's identity, she and Fina uncover surprising secrets from Gram's past. In addition to creating a large, multigenerational cast of three-dimensional characters, Standish knits reality and imagination together seamlessly into an absorbing story of loss, identity, and human connections. Though Emma withdraws during her worst days, she reemerges as a stronger person who is capable of reaching out to others who are in pain. The fantasy narratives, written partly by Emma and partly by her mysterious "pen pal," become a distinguishing feature of the book, separate from the main story, yet integral to it. A rewarding realistic novel, illuminated by magical elements. Grades 5-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Grandparent and child > Juvenile fiction.
Diaries > Juvenile fiction.
Vitiligo > Juvenile fiction.
Grandparent and child.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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