Surprise Lily

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Holiday House
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5.6 X 8.3 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Sharelle Byars Moranville is the author of the author of critically acclaimed middle grade novels Over the River and 27 Magic Words, which received starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews and was a 2017 Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts. She lives in West Des Moines, Iowa.


"This cozy multigenerational saga by the author of 27 Magic Words evocatively explores themes of growing up, mental health, and finding where one fits in a family. . . . Moranville offers her contemporary Midwestern characters complex emotional backgrounds and a richly rendered setting."--Publishers Weekly

"What happens when generations of family are filled with surprising secrets? . . . An affectionate window into Midwestern farm life and families with common threads of struggle."--Kirkus Reviews

"The novel delves into the family secrets, family ties, and the complex realities hidden within family stories and family trees. . . . The narratives of previous generations serve to illuminate aspects of Rose's story, which is the most immediate, vivid, and poignant."--Booklist

"Moranville draws clear connections between the generations while also presenting their struggles with depression, unhappy marriages, and addiction at an age-appropriate level. The Lovell farm is as much character as setting, and the book does an excellent job of portraying a contemporary rural community. . . . Moranville has a talent for evocative language"--The Horn Book

"In this story about the challenges a family faces when secrets come to light, Rose struggles to find her own way through the pitfalls of decisions made in the past. Readers are taken on a journey through Rose's background via a family tree of female relatives that she creates for a school project. Every woman has lived a full life and is a whole person with the flaws to match. Moranville paints wonderfully complete and compelling characters in a richly detailed rural setting."--School Library Journal

"Ultimately, this thoughtful portrait of a family introduces young readers to the challenges of parenting (especially single parenting) and the tension and healing that flow under the surface of every family."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Praise for 27 Magic Words, by Sharelle Byars Moranville:

* "...This character-driven novel does a remarkable job of allowing readers to see the world through Kobi's eyes . . . This well-honed middle grade title packs a considerable emotional punch and could be just the ticket for a tween dealing with loss. . . . highly recommended" --School Library Journal, Starred Review

* "Distinctive, well-drawn characters drive the plot and provide their own magical contributions to Kobi's widening world. Both tragic and uplifting, this winsome tale perfectly depicts some of the many aspects of magic."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review