Annie’s mother is a master at drawing out secrets.
Annie’s mother is the one and only, the irresistible Madam Caterina.
Annie and her mother come to Peach Hill, the latest in a string of towns where Mama sets herself up as a spiritual adviser who can put people in contact with the "dearly departed." Fifteen-year-old Annie is Mama’s invisible secret weapon—she gathers important information about clients by pretending to be an idiot. After all, people will say anything in front of an idiot.
But Annie isn’t invisible, she’s smart as a whip, and she longs to break out of this role and into a real life with friends and school. Annie may be under Mama’s spell—but not for long.
When I was a child, I liked to read books about ordinary children who stumbled across enchantment. I really thought that if I looked hard enough, I might find a magic nickel or a secret room behind the bookcase or… More about Marthe Jocelyn
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Published by Wendy Lamb Books Dec 18, 2008| 240 Pages| Young Adult| ISBN 9780307495990
Starred review, The Horn Book Magazine, March/April 2007: "Annie’s strong voice creates a unique character–one with enough gumption, skepticism, and wry humor to resist, ultimately, her mother’s narcissistic influence."
Starred review, School Library Journal, April 2007: "Readers will not soon forget this unconventional mother-and-daughter team."