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After Iris

After Iris by Natasha Farrant
Jul 11, 2013 | 272 Pages
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    Jul 11, 2013 | 272 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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    Jul 11, 2013 | 272 Pages | Middle Grade (10 and up)

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Now a Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book, a 2014 Bank Street Best Book of the Year, and a CCBC Choice!

“Bluebell Gadsby is the kind of heroine who brings to mind Cassandra Mortmain in ‘I Capture the Castle’ or Harriet the Spy…” – The New York Times

“At once funny and painful and tumultuous, with a deus-ex-machina ending that will make readers want to cheer.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Farrant has created a wounded, flawed cast of characters and depicts them with great compassion. The situations are a mix of hilariously funny and poignantly touching…An uplifting, memorable read.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A realistic slice of life that bubbles with wit and charm.” – School Library Journal

“The grand finale…is one of the best Christmas scenes ever.” – The Horn Book

“[Natasha Farrant] balances Blue’s growth with wry humor and light moments…Blue’s struggles are handled with honesty, and she makes a rewarding journey from observing her life to living it again and accepting what she has lost.” – Publishers Weekly

“Natasha Farrant gives a full, engaging portrait of a complicated family.” – Newsday

“Bluebell is poignantly marked out as the observer in a crowd of actors…readers who enjoy quirky family stories may want to follow the Gadsbys’ journey to reconciliation.” – The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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