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$8.99  $8.36
Union Square Kids
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5.57 X 8.18 X 0.68 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Samantha San Miguel grew up barefoot in South Florida. Growing up in this wild, diverse, and exuberant state taught Samantha a lifelong respect for the natural world with both its dangers and delight. Working there as an adult taught her a love for the colorful personalities that crowd the state's borders. And leaving it taught her that whether in Florida, Cuba, or anywhere else in the world, you can never be an exile if there's sunshine in your heart.
"San Miguel concocts a comical and exciting tale that leads to a wild, suspenseful, storm-tossed climax while weaving in thoughtful ruminations on the necessity of giving science, people, and nature their just dues, too." -- Booklist, Starred Review

"This exceptionally well-written written story gives a nod to the era's fascination with creepy hauntings and dastardly secrets as it expertly transports readers into the atmosphere of 19th-century Florida, uniting well-drawn, nuanced characters with imaginative and tension-building plot twists.... Pure storytelling at its best."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"Algie has a winsome urgency that makes him likable.... His relationships with his family and new friends are realistic and evolve as Algie, Frankie, and Lulu face dangerous adults. In the life-threatening denouement, Algie displays a nuanced empathy for others." -- School Library Journal

"San Miguel's lively story engages deeply with the power of pretending. Algie has little to no life experience of his own thanks to his health troubles and the shielding arm of his mother. But he does have a plethora of practical knowledge thanks to his bookishness. When times get tough, he embodies the brave scientist he wishes to become: he straightens his back, fixes his umbrella cap firmly onto his head and dives head first into danger. Algie's heroism in times of uncertainty reminds us that empathy, not knowledge, is the greatest good of all." -- Shelf Awareness