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The Key to Extraordinary

By: Natalie Lloyd

When Emma finally has her Destiny Dream, all she sees is an old key. Could it have something to do with an old legend of treasure supposedly hidden in Blackbird Hollow?

ISBN: 9780545552745

JLG Release: May 2016


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Topics: Haunted cemeteries , Dreams , Treasure troves , Orphans , Families , Tennessee , Haunted places , Ghosts , Buried treasure , Family life

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Guide, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

A young girl from a long line of special women fights to save her home. Emma, like all of the women in her family, is a Wildflower. Each woman is destined to live an extraordinary life, experiencing a Destiny Dream that reveals her unique path. Shortly after the death of her ex-rocker mom, Emma feels a deep emptiness, but she consoles herself by he A young girl from a long line of special women fights to save her home. Emma, like all of the women in her family, is a Wildflower. Each woman is destined to live an extraordinary life, experiencing a Destiny Dream that reveals her unique path. Shortly after the death of her ex-rocker mom, Emma feels a deep emptiness, but she consoles herself by helping out in the Boneyard Cafe, the family business situated on the edge of a cemetery, and giving tours of the cemetery to tourists. The café has fallen on hard times, and when it looks like Granny Blue, her tough, tattooed, ex-boxer grandmother, might sell the place to a developer, Emma looks for answers within the local folklore about a hidden treasure and a ghost. When she finally has her own Destiny Dream, it seems to point to the treasure, but the clues are frustratingly vague. With the help of a small cast of quirky characters and magical flora, Emma finds her true destiny and eases her troubles through the journey. The prose is bubbly and light, with a cheerful, optimistic tone despite some of the seemingly darker elements. Though not as multilayered as Ingrid Law’s Savvy (Dial, 2008), this novel will be appreciated by younger middle grade readers who enjoy mysteries with an ample dose of magic and whimsy. VERDICT Fans of Lloyd’s first book, A Snicker of Magic (Scholastic, 2015), will be pleased with this frothy, pleasant tale.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780545552745

First Release

May 2016

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

240

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.7; Points: 7;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 670L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Haunted cemeteries, Dreams, Treasure troves, Orphans, Families, Tennessee, Haunted places, Ghosts, Buried treasure, Family life,

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