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This Newbery Honor winner is Vawter’s memoir about the summer of 1959 when he took over his friend’s paper route. Because of his stutter, Vawter avoided most situations that required talking to strangers. Frustrated, he just couldn’t get the words out, but he was more interested in the meanings of words, anyway. His teacher taught him some tricks to improve his speech, but they only worked part of the time. Set in the segregated South, this eleven-year-old discovers who his real friends and family are, learns how to deal with bullies, and can’t seem to get certain newspaper customers out of his mind.
Because of their younger daughter’s affliction with cystic fibrosis, a family decides to move to the coast of Northern California where the weather is more conducive to Maya’s health. Her older sister, Cat feels unsettled here and resents the move. A neighbor takes them on a tour of their seaside town and informs them that it is the perfect place for ghosts to visit. Cat is creeped out and is now having trouble sleeping and being alone. When Maya ends up in the hospital due to her excitement and breathlessness on the tour, Cat blames their neighbor, Carlos. As Cat makes friends and learns more about this beautiful, but spooky area, she begins to understand why the local people enjoy it so much and hold celebrations to invite the ghosts. Should she get involved and try to enjoy it as well, or should she stay out of their business and keep to herself. She badly wants to communicate with her deceased grandmother but is hesitant to adopt the beliefs and local lore. Can she be persuaded to join in the fun?
When Michael and his family move from the city to an old run-down house in the country, he feels lonely even though he still goes to the same school and has the same friends. His mom just had a new baby, who is sick, so she is busy. His dad wants to fix up their new place, so he is busy. Bored and curious, Michael wanders out to the garage that is just about falling in on itself. He sees something in the corner, but can’t quite make out what it is. Is it a heap of bones? Some garbage? An injured animal? No, wait, it’s moving! It’s talking! When Michael approaches it, he doesn’t know what to expect. He confides in his new neighbor and friend, smart, home-schooled Mina. They bring it some food and, together, they move this strange creature out of the garage and into a safer structure on her own property. Still worried about his baby sister in the hospital, this creature seems to know all about it and tells Michael not to worry because it will all work out. But will it? And how does it know for sure? Who or what is this strange creature that changes Michael’s world, his thoughts, and his life forever?