The Secret of Goldenrod
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.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Number of Pages||376|
|Reading Counts! Level||4.5|
- Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year
“[A] wistful and superlative coming-of-age story. . . . Perfect for readers who crave contemporary stories that feel like a classic, this is one to be re-read and enjoyed many times over.”—starred, Booklist
“[A] gentle debut. . . . This is a memorable and complex tale about negotiating change and coming into one’s own.”—Publishers Weekly
“[P]itch-perfect . . . O’Reilly’s multilayered story is superbly presented . . . [and] bathed in the golden light that is the richness of living. This solid middle-grade book shines with wisdom and compassion.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal
“[A] unique twist on the traditional haunted house story. . . . A strong additional purchase for those who enjoyed Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s Book Scavenger and Tess Hilmo’s With a Name Like Love.”—School Library Journal