Product Details
List Price:
10 to 12
5 to 8
Trim Size:
5.25" x 7.625"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-914-8
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About the Book


Stubborn, self-reliant eleven-year-old Zoe, recently orphaned, is forced to move to the country to live with her strange and bad-tempered uncle. In this moving coming-of-age novel, an ALA Notable Children's Book and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of the Year, Zoe and her uncle learn about love, trust and the strength of family ties.


"Carmichael gives a familiar plot fresh new life in this touching story with a finely crafted sense of place. . . . Zoë's fierce, funny voice is compelling." --Booklist

* "A tribute to the power of story, this is ultimately a tale of hope and redemption. Zoe Royster, peer to the literary heroines she so loves, is as memorable in her own way as the Great Gilly Hopkins, Opal Buloni and Anne Shirley." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Carmichael's a smooth and evocative stylist. . . . [Zoe] is at times a new-millennium Shirley Temple in her relentlessly adorable moppetry." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Meet the Author

Clay Carmichael

Clay Carmichael has written award-winning children’s books that have been translated into many languages. She teaches writing and illustrating and lives in Carrboro, North Carolina. This is her first novel.

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