Willowood

Willowood

For Ages: 9 - 13
There's nothing ten-year-old Lily Sinclair likes about her new life in the city with her single mom. She misses her best friend, who seems to have forgotten her and their secret place, Willowood. She never sees her mom, who's working long hours at her new job. She's managed to make an enemy of the class bully. Mrs. Hiller from across the hall, who takes care of Lily after school, keeps preparing yucky healthy snacks for her. And she can't get her mother to tell her anything about her absent father. Her only source of comfort is her beloved pet gecko, Weemis. Everything changes when Mrs. Hiller introduces Lily to the owner of the Pet Palace, a nearly pet store, and his adult Down's syndrome son, Nate. Lily finds herself with an unofficial after school job--and forges a tentative friendship with Nate that's threatened by a dark secret about Nate that Lily knows nothing about.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416983033 | 
  • March 2011 | 
  • Grades 4 - 8 | 
  • Lexile 630
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LILY LAY BACK AGAINST HER PILLOW AND listened as her mother spoke into the phone. The pounding downstairs was getting louder. “Yes, of course I’ve asked them to be quiet!” her mother said. “Several times! And every night there’s another problem… .”

Lily closed her eyes. How could Mom have thought that moving to the city would be a good thing? Their lives had been so perfect back home in Glenview, where everything was quiet and green. At night Mom would open the windows so the breeze could drift in, and Lily would fall asleep to the sound of crickets chirping. Here in the city, she was surrounded by steel... see more

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Cecilia Galante
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Cecilia Galante

Cecilia Galante received a B.A. in English from King's College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, Vermont. She lives in Kingston, PA with her husband and three children, and is a faculty member of the Graduate Creative Writing Department at Wilkes University.

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