Willowood by Cecilia Galante

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Ten-year-old Lily Sinclair is a bored latchkey kid, an ardent fan of decaf coffee, shoes, and anything to do with lizards. (She has a pet gecko, Weemis.) When her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Hiller, introduces her to the owner of the nearby Pet Palace and his adult son Nate, who has Down’s syndrome, Lily finds herself with an unofficial after-school job. She forges a tentative friendship with Nate, but their bond is threatened by a dark secret that will change everything. Boasting a fresh, original voice, Willowood is a touching testament to the importance of friendship.

About Cecilia Galante

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Although CECILIA GALANTE secretly wishes she could fly, she keeps her feet firmly on the ground in Kingston, PA, where she lives with her husband and three children. Cecilia is the author of five other novels for young adults and middle school kids, including The Patron Saint of Butterflies, which was a Booksense Pick, the Northeast Indie Booksellers YA Book of the Year, and a Recommended Read on Oprah's website. You can visit Cecilia on her website at www.ceciliagalante.com.
Published February 18, 2010 by Aladdin. 288 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Although less tightly woven than Frances O’Roark Dowell’s tween stories, Galante’s third novel tenderly explores the impact of friendship, family and bullying on preteen girls.

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