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By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Imaginative fantasy deals with grief, memory, conformity.

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Corey Ann Haydu spins an intriguing, imaginative, heartfelt, and creepy tale of a family that seeks refuge and a new beginning in a town where everything's perfect. When that perfection seems to involve losing more and more of what she loves, 11-year-old Elodee isn't so sure about Eventown, but also wonders if she's the problem, as the rest of her family seem perfectly happy with it all. Young readers of Eventown will appreciate Elodee's spirit, her ability to cut through falseness and pretense, and her struggles with fitting in (and whether she even wants to).

"What they don't know is it's Jenny who is being awful by not stopping her question asking when I obviously don't want to answer. I am angry at all of them with their tiny, almost-invisible dismissals and the not-so-tiny ways they tell us that they want everything to go back to the way it was before, not because they want us to be less sad, but because they want their own lives to be easier."

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