The Secret Life of a Boarding School Brat by Amy Gordon

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Lydia Rice absolutely cannot stand the Florence T. Pocket boarding school. Homesick for her mother, grieving for her grandmother, and feeling unwanted by all, Lydia prowls the halls during her sleepless nights and wreaks havoc during the day. But after she meets Howie, the night watchman and self-poroclaimed Silly Wizard, life begins to get a lot less boring. When Howie gives her the wizardly task of discovering a long-forgotten Pocket School secret, Lydia not only turns the school on its head, but uncovers some revelations about her own family. Set in New England in 1965, this beguiling middle grade novel tells a perceptive story about an unforgettable girl.

About Amy Gordon

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Amy Gordon has written other books, including a young adult novel, "When JFK Was My Father." In a starred review, The Horn Book said that it was "peopled with interesting characters, who are vividly revealed," and Booklist praised the "vivid, defining style." She teaches drama to children in Massachusetts.
Published April 1, 2004 by Holiday House. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Lydia Rice is an unhappy and reluctant seventh grader at Miss Pocket’s New England boarding school.

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Lydia's most painful problems, her sense of rejection by her parents, aren't convincingly explored or resolved, so that while Lydia makes strides and offers some clever observations, the mystery in the mural proves more intriguing than the heroine herself.

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