Elaine Vickers lives in southern Utah, where she spends her time writing, teaching college chemistry, and hanging out with her three kids. She always wanted to be a writer and a teacher, except when she wanted to be an architect, an artist, a pediatrician, a judge, or an Olympic gymnast.
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Category: Middle Grade
Themes: family, friendship, being yourself, diversity, growing up, identity, self-esteem, art, music, libraries, dealing with change
Suggested for: ages 8-12, grades 3-6
Author's Time Zone: Mountain
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About the book: For three ten-year-old girls, their once simple worlds are starting to feel too big.
Painfully shy Grace dreads starting fifth grade now that her best friend has moved away. Jada hopes she’ll stop feeling so alone if she can find the mother who left her years ago. And Malia fears the arrival of her new baby sister will forever change the family she loves.
Each girl is lost and hoping to be found. What all three girls end up finding, though, is a mysterious box in their library. As the box passes between the girls, they put their own precious things inside, and the treasures each girl discovers always seem to provide just the inspiration or answer she’s looking for. But something is still missing. It’s up to Grace, Jada, and Malia to take the treasures and turn them into something more: true friendship.
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