The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

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“The Center of Everything” travels a satisfying, circular path that deliberately echoes the shape of a doughnut. But what’s also doughnutlike here is the notable absence at the heart of the story.
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Spring 2013 Kids' Indie Next List

For Ruby Pepperdine, the “center of everything” is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi’s hug.  That’s how everything is supposed to be—until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish—unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby’s wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?
 

About Linda Urban

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Linda Urban’s debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. Her novel Hound Dog True received four starred reviews and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2011. A former bookseller, she lives in Montpelier, Vermont, with her family. www.lindaurbanbooks.com
 
Published March 5, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on Apr 11 2013

“The Center of Everything” travels a satisfying, circular path that deliberately echoes the shape of a doughnut. But what’s also doughnutlike here is the notable absence at the heart of the story.

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