The Secret Library

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$18.99  $17.66
Candlewick Press (MA)
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5.9 X 8.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author
Kekla Magoon is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Secret Library and many other fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers, including X: A Novel, cowritten with Ilyasah Shabazz; the Blue Stars series, cowritten with Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Molly Murakami; and Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party's Promise to the People. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and four Coretta Scott King Honors, among others. Kekla Magoon lives in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Magoon (Chester Keene Cracks the Code) champions self-determination while examining race and gender constructs in this high-spirited, South Carolina-set fantasy. . . . Whimsical worldbuilding, swashbuckling action, and buoyant third-person narration complement Magoon's vibrant character portraits and twisty, nuanced plot.
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Multiple award-winner Magoon has crafted an engrossing story that skillfully combines a coming-of-age story with fantasy and historical fiction. Dally is an irresistible protagonist, full of curiosity and longing for the joy she experienced with her grandfather. The lively, well-written narrative contains many surprises, pulling readers into Dally's life and the incredible choices she must make. A deeply satisfying, page-turning, genre-defying read.
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

The story is full of clever touches, including the librarian's responsibility to clothe Dally appropriately for each time-travel destination. Her adventures aboard a nineteenth-century treasure-hunting pirate ship are particularly exciting. . . a memorable, original concept within an involving novel.

An engaging adventure, brimming with mysteries, chock-full of history, and full of twists you'll never see coming. Once you step into The Secret Library, you'll never want to leave.
--Christina Soontornvat, three-time Newbery Honoree