27 Magic Words
Published:July 30, 2016
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School Library Journal
An irrepressible ten-year-old with a vibrant imagination must reconcile her fantasies with reality in this beautifully written novel about facing the future.
Although Kobi's parents sailed into a storm at sea five years ago, she knows they are alive. If she saysAvanti she can see them. Now that her life is being turned upside down again, she will need the magic words her mother left behind more than ever. Instead of living with wealthy Grandmamma in Paris, Kobi and her sister will temporarily stay in Des Moines, Iowa. There, the girls will, as Uncle Wim puts it, live like normal kids for a change. To fit in at her new school Kobi tells lies that soon catch up with her.
In a heart-wrenching climax, she must confront not only the untruths she has told others but the stories she has made herself believe. Only then will she be able to grieve for her parents and move on with her life.
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