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The key to every thing / Pat Schmatz.

Schmatz, Pat, author. (Author).
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Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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0 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hawley Public Library J SCH (Text) 33500012722443 Main Available -
Mahnomen Public Library J SCH (Text) 33500012722435 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780763695668
  • ISBN: 0763695661
  • Physical Description: 198 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.: "Tash doesn't want to go to camp, doesn't want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, doesn't want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Cap'n Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Cap'n Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her -- the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that make everything all right after a fight, the key Cap'n Jackie insists has magic in it. The Captain has always said that all Tash has to do is hold it tight and the magic will come. Is it true? And can the key bring Cap'n Jackie back?"--from dust jacket.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2
    *Starred Review* Eleven-year-old Tash is furious that Kevin, her uncle and guardian, has arranged for her to spend a month at summer camp, and has raged at her feisty, imaginative, beloved neighbor, Cap'n Jackie, calling her a crazy old lady for backing up Kevin's decision. Four weeks later, Tash returns home in a happier frame of mind, only to find that Cap'n Jackie has a broken hip. In the rehab facility, Tash finds her old friend silent and unresponsive, despite attempts to reach her through memories of magical times they have shared. A letter from Jackie, delivered after her death, helps Tash let go of regrets, mourn her loss, and keep going. Early in the book, letters to and from camp offer lively introductions to the characters. Schmatz vividly portrays Tash and Jackie, each as stubborn, quick-tempered, and fearful at heart as the other. Steadfast and dependable, Kevin serves as a foil for both. The novel will take some readers outside their comfort zones, into the sometimes scary arena of health care facilities and the never-easy subject of death. But the strong presentation of Tash's viewpoint is reassuring, and so is the straightforward depiction of her discomfort, anger, jealousy, remorse, reconciliation, and sadness. A simply written, emotionally resonant narrative. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Pat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.

Subject: Camps > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Children and adults > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Locks and keys > Juvenile fiction.
Camps > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Children and adults > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Genre: Fiction.
Juvenile works.

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