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Let me just start off with a disclaimer – I don’t get nearly as much book mail as Amanda or Karen. For a lot of reasons, probably, but mainly because I don’t review as many as they do. That said, it is always fun to come home to a package on my doorstep that obviously contains books!
Twelve-year-old Olivia knows that luck is real
That’s why she is counting on luck to bring her a million dollars. Preferably by hot-air-balloon so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can move away from dumb old Sunny Pines Trailer Park. So that she can go to school and not stay home to watch Berkeley because they can’t afford day care. So that her mom doesn’t have to work all the time and be tired, so tired, too tired to put Berkeley to bed or cook dinner or be a mom at all.
And since Dad isn’t responding to Olivia’s letters, she has to take matters into her own hands. This means entering fourteen sweepstakes a day. This means pretending to be a super-secret spy to make a new friend. And this means somehow planning a circus spectacular, right here in Sunny Pines, so that Berk can have something good to look forward to.
So what if Olivia’s hard work isn’t appreciated. So what if no one is taking care of her the way she is taking care of EVERYTHING. So. What.
Because luck IS real. And Olivia may already be a winner. She just doesn’t know it yet.
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie’s every waking thought. But when she discovers she’s a celestial spirit who’s powerful enough to bash through the gates of heaven with her fists, her perfectionist existence is shattered.
Enter Quentin, a transfer student from China whose tone-deaf assertiveness beguiles Genie to the brink of madness. Quentin nurtures Genie’s bodacious transformation—sometimes gently, sometimes aggressively—as her sleepy suburb in the Bay Area comes under siege from hell-spawn.
This epic YA debut draws from Chinese folklore, features a larger-than-life heroine, and perfectly balances the realities of Genie’s grounded high school life with the absurd supernatural world she finds herself commanding.
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About Robin Willis
After working in middle school libraries for over 20 years, Robin Willis now works in a public library system in Maryland.
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