A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon
by Karen Romano Young
Pub Date 07 Jan 2020
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In a slightly fantastical New York City, one very special library branch has been designated for possible closure. Bookish, socially awkward Pearl, the daughter of the librarian, can't imagine a world without the library, its books, its community of oddballs, its feeling of home.
When the head of their Edna St. Vincent Millay statue goes missing, closure is closer than ever. But Pearl is determined to save the library, and with a ragtag neighborhood library crew like hers, she just might be able to. Her group includes a tap-dancing girl who might just be her first friend, an older boy she has a crush on, and a pack of raccoons who can read and write.
With an eclectic cast of richly drawn characters, a hint of just-around-the-corner magic, footnotes, sidebars, and Jessixa Bagley's classic illustrations throughout, this warm-hearted tale of reading and believing tells of a world where what you believe can actually come true, you just have to believe in yourself first.
I adore A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon, a tale bursting with charm, lovable characters, and excitement that builds and builds until I almost exploded. . . . It’s a paean of praise to books, reading, librarians, and the preciousness of home, wherever home may be. I could go on and on, but read it yourself!” —Gail Carson Levine, bestselling author of Ella Enchanted