The Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'ReillyThe Secret of Goldenrod by Jane O'Reilly

The Secret of Goldenrod

byJane O'Reilly

Hardcover | October 1, 2016

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When Trina and her father move into an abandoned wreck of a mansion called Goldenrod, Trina thinks her life is finally coming together. She can put down roots at last. Maybe she'll even have a best friend! But the kids at school make fun of her, and it seems like Goldenrod itself is haunted.

Then Trina finds Augustine, a tiny porcelain doll left behind when the house was boarded up a century ago. Augustine isn't like other dolls: she talks and talks and talks. Augustine helps Trina realize that Goldenrod is trying to tell her an important secret . . . one that may just change her life.

Jane O'Reilly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, dog, and cat in a hundred-year-old house that creaks in the night.
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Title:The Secret of GoldenrodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1512401358

ISBN - 13:9781512401356

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"'It was a hopeless old house, sitting in the middle of a yellow sea like a dried-up island.' That's fifth-grader Trina's assessment of her father's latest renovation project, a crumbling and possibly haunted Queen Anne style mansion. Trina and Poppo have just made yet another cross-country move, this time from New Mexico to New Royal, Iowa, population 397. Poppo restores houses while Trina's mother travels the world, keeping in touch through postcards. But Trina has had her fill of moving and being the new kid in school, and she dreams of finding a friend. After she discovers an antique talking doll, Augustine-who tells Trina that she has lost her family, is waiting for a prince, and is lonely, too-Trina attempts to locate Augustine's missing family members in the house, a quest that drives O'Reilly gentle debut. O'Reilly gives Trina a rich inner life, and evocative descriptions paint a vivid picture of her new home. This is a memorable and complex tale about negotiating change and coming into one's own."-Publishers Weekly