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“What kind of someone could I let in to the mixed-up mind-maze that is me?”
In Mira Levenson’s chaotic, artistic and outspoken family, it sometimes seems as if nothing is private. But as her beloved Nana Josie’s health declines, Mira begins to discover unexpected secrets kept by those around her – and also starts to keep some of her own. Meanwhile, she is drawn to the mysterious and confident Jide – a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past, and has grown hard layers around his heart, like an artichoke. As Mira begins to plumb the depths of secrecy and grief, she will also start to embrace the wondrous and often mystical world around her… This beautifully insightful and honest novel from a brand new voice in children’s fiction explores the delicate balance of life and death, while celebrating friendship and hope.
Winner of the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize 2011.
January 7th, 2011
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AR book level: 5.4; Middle years plus; 11.0 points
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