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The Center of Everything

By Sally Engelfried, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sweet, funny story of girl recovering from grandma's death.

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As in her previous novels Hound Dog True and A Crooked Kind of Perfect, Linda Urban perfectly captures here the essence of being a sensitive tween girl wrestling with an internal problem. She addresses Ruby's grief with delicacy while highlighting the humorous aspects of her quirky town. Though this could not be called fast-paced, patient readers will stay interested as Urban gradually reveals the roots of Ruby's problems and retraces the events leading up to the Bunning Day celebration -- all of which adds up to a satisfying resolution.

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