by Pat Cummings
Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Middle Grade
I entered this giveaway thinking of offering the book to a member of my book club. I won the book! When Trace arrived, it got me curious, and I ended up devouring it before giving it to my friend! I rarely use juvenile fiction, but this one is definitely worth it.
Trace lost his parents in a car accident, by drowning. He now lives with his aunt.
One day, he gets lost in New York Public library.
He nodded at Patience and Fortitude, the massive marble lions on either side of the steps. When he had told Aunt Lea that he planned to meet his study group after seeing Dr. Proctor, she had told him the lions’ names and asked that he give them her regards. Trace wondered why people said that. What were regards? For that matter, why were twin lions outside of a library? To guard it? Who were they protecting it from… crazed readers? The way they stared down their noses at the crowd jostling along Fifth Avenue, Trace thought they might be better named Bored and Snooty.
He ends up in old stacks in the basement, supposedly inaccessible to the public. There, he finds a strange little 4 year-old sobbing.Then a repair man tells him he’s also met “the ghost”.
I usually don’t read stories with mentions of “a ghost”, but this one was very well done, with lots of interesting layers, including some pertaining to history.
I found it an inspiring story, with good elements on relationships between people of different generations.
Plus there’s a lot of good food, especially Mexican and Greek, including the delicious galaktoboureko!
This is a debut novel, very promising. You should try it.
Oh, and I forgot: the cover is awesome!!
VERDICT: Sometimes, even ghost stories can be inspiring!
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Any other good middle grade book?
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