Palace Beautiful by Sarah DeFord Williams

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When sisters Sadie and Zuzu move to Salt Lake City, they discover an old journal in a secret room in their new house. Along with their neighbor, Bella, the girls take turns reading the story of a girl named Helen who lived during the flu epidemic of 1918. They soon become wrapped up in Helen's tale, which ends with a tragedy that has a scary parallel to Sadie and Zuzu's lives. Did Helen survive the flu? Is she still alive somewhere? Or could her ghost be watching them?


About Sarah DeFord Williams

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Sarah DeFord Williams lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and three kids. In addition to writing and spending time with her family, she loves being outdoors—especially in the mountains. She also plays guitar, sings, and enjoys songwriting. This is her first book.
Published April 3, 2010 by Puffin. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Sadie and Zuzu’s family moves from Texas to their grandmother’s house in Salt Lake City, they explore an attic cubby (marked “Palace Beautiful”) and discover a diary written by a young girl who lived in the house during the flu epidemic of 1918.

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Soon after 13-year-old Sadie arrives with her family at their new home in 1985 Salt Lake City, she meets a ghost-obsessed girl who calls herself Bella, and discovers an attic nook named Palace Beautiful.

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One day, while exploring the attic, Sadie comes across a secret room with the words "Palace Beautiful" painted on the inside, over an arched doorway.

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