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A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon

By Karen Romano Young, Illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
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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 communit...
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"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."
—Gail Carson Levine, bestselling author of Ella Enchanted

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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 hominess. 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—including a constantly 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—she just might be able to.

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, visually magnificent tale of reading and believing from beloved author Karen Romano Young tells of a world where what you want to believe can come true.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 5 5/8 x 8 1/8
Age Range: 9-12 years
Publication Date: 1/7/2020
ISBN: 9781452169521

Karen Romano Young is a writer, illustrator, and science journalist. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two large, fluffy dogs.

Jessixa Bagley is an award-winning author and illustrator. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, adorable son, and a slew of houseplants.

"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

“A love letter to libraries, A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon comes complete with intriguing sidebars, a clever plot, and a charming surprise narrator. Big-hearted and dazzling, this classic-in-the-making is not to be missed.” 
—Katherine Applegate, Newbery Award-winning author of The One and Only Ivan and Wishtree

 

“[A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon] is solidly entertaining… Upper elementary readers who like magical realism will enjoy this novel, as will younger readers at high reading levels. A strong addition to the fiction section.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Those willing to suspend their disbelief will be charmed by reading raccoons and the many sidebars that one contributes to the book itself. Issue- rather than plot-driven, this slower-paced mystery is for the thoughtful and bookish.”
Booklist

"Part mystery, part coming-of-age journey, [A Girl, a Raccoon, and the Midnight Moon] interweaves realistically flawed, fully formed characters with real-world issues (declining library attendance and homelessness) and fantastical elements. Sidebars ("A Sidebar About Legends") penned by a mysterious author and signature illustrations by Bagley offer charming details." 
—Publishers Weekly