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The Secret Hum of a Daisy

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Girl struggles to find home in story of grief and healing.

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Readers will certainly fall in love with the small town full of quirky, loving characters, but they may not be all that convinced of its believability. THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is filled to the brim with plot lines, ranging from Grace's belief that her mother is sending her clues from beyond the grave to the request of her friend Jo's little brother -- whose cancer is in remission -- to have an Egyptian-style entombment party. The author's imaginative details about the nature-inspired art Grace's mother created, or the idyllic park her grandmother helped her community build, will leave readers wishing they could swing by for a visit, even while they'll know such a place couldn't really exist.

What's more real is Grace's grief: Even when the 12-year-old acts up or yells at her grandmother, it's easy to empathize with her as she sorts through complicated feelings of anger, sadness, and even guilt. It's hard not to get a lump in the throat as she and her grandmother get to a place where they can finally begin to heal together.

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