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The Center of Everything

For Ruby Pepperdine, the "center of everything" is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be -- until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish -- unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby's wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?

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"Urban’s latest middle-grade novel zeros in on a grieving 12-year-old girl in a New Hampshire town founded by doughnut inventor Captain Bunning in 1847....Ruby’s grandmother has died, and it soon becomes apparent that their last exchange was deeply upsetting to Ruby. She hopes to somehow remedy that with a wish she has earned through a town tradition—the tossing of a quarter through the bronze doughnut held aloft by the town’s Captain Bunning statue. Throughout this slim, affecting novel, Urban treats Ruby’s bewilderment with care and gracefully reinforces the value of friends, family, and community." -- Abby Nolan, Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 - 12
Author Linda Urban
ISBN 0547763484
Publication Date Mar 5, 2013
Publisher HMH Books for Young Readers
Language English