Tuesday, July 6, 2010
by Laura Peyton Roberts
New York : Delacorte Press, c2010
Lily Green feels like she never fits in. It doesn't help that her mom has moved them yet again for her job. The day of her thirteenth birthday finally rolls around and she is looking forward to hanging out with the only friend she has made in the new town. The doorbell rings and Lily finds a little box on her doorstep. When she opens it she finds a key that had belonged to her beloved grandmother who passed away a year ago. The key arrives with a bang and Lily's life literally explodes into total chaos. As she travels the unknown she learns more about her grandmother and herself.
It was great to read a middle-school fantasy that also showed the main character as a realistic pre-teen girl with issues. She truly grew as a character and as a person, gaining confidence and self-respect. Green is a book I will definitely recommend to girls in fourth grade and higher.