The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart by Lauren DeStefano

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Lionel is a wild boy, who doesn't much like to be around other people. He'd rather be a purring cat or a wolf stalking the woods.

Marybeth is a nice girl. She doesn't need to be told to comb her hair or brush her teeth, and she's kind to everyone at the orphanage . . . Lionel most of all.

Different though they are, Lionel and Marybeth are best friends in a world that has forgotten about them. So when a mysterious blue spirit possesses Marybeth-and starts to take control-they know they must stop it before the real Marybeth fades away forever.

From New York Times bestselling author Lauren DeStefano comes a haunting tale of friendship, love, and the magic of childhood . . . and what lies beyond. Just right for readers of Serafina and the Black Cloak.


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Lauren DeStefano is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Curious Tale of the In-Between, The Internment Chronicles, and The Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at, @LaurenDeStefano, and
Published September 13, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens. 208 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Gr 4–6—Lionel doesn't act much like a nine-year-old boy. He'd like to be a lion or a bird instead of an orphan in the home of Mrs. Mannerd. The only person he likes in the world is Marybeth, the other nine-year-old at Mrs. Mannerd's. Marybeth's even temper, sweet nature, and infinite patience hav...

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