A New York City library branch has been designated for possible closure — yet the bookish, socially awkward Pearl, the daughter of the librarian, can't imagine a world without the library. When the head of their Edna St. Vincent Millay statue goes missing, closure is closer than ever. But Pearl is determined to save the library. And with a ragtag neighborhood library crew — including a constantly tap-dancing girl, an older boy she has a crush on, and a pack of literate raccoons — she just might be able to do it.
This warm-hearted, visually intriguing tale features an eclectic cast of richly drawn characters, frequent sidebars and footnotes, and classic illustrations by Jessixa Bagley. Fans of Henry and Bea, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, and Redwood and Ponytail will love this warm-hearted, visually intriguing tale of reading and believing, and a world of possibility.
"Neighbors and library regulars rally to help, as does Francine, the neighborhood new girl who slowly shows Pearl the power of friendship. But it’s the raccoons living in the basement, who publish a newspaper and ally with Pearl, who help her in her quest. Part mystery, part coming-of-age journey, Young’s (Hundred Percent) story interweaves realistically flawed, fully formed characters with real-world issues (declining library attendance and homelessness) and fantastical elements." — Publishers Weekly
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Author||Karen Romano Young|
|Publication Date||Jan 7, 2020|