The Secret of Goldenrod

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 376
Publication Date 2016-10-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.5
BISACS JUV028000, JUV040000, JUV058000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 740
Guided Reading Level V
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183240
Accelerated Reader® Points 14.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews


  • Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year, Winner, 2016



“[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

Publishers Weekly

“[A] gentle debut. . . . This is a memorable and complex tale about negotiating change and coming into one’s own.”—Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“[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

Author: Jane O'Reilly

Jane O'Reilly lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, dog, and cat in a hundred-year-old house that creaks in the night.