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The Key to Every Thing

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The Key to Every Thing
Written by Pat Schmatz
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9780763695668
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The Key to Every Thing

author: Pat Schmatz

Tash didnít want to go to camp, didnít want to spend the summer with a bunch of strangers, didnít want to be separated from the only two people she has ever been able to count on: her uncle Kevin, who saved her from foster care, and Capín Jackie, who lives next door. Camp turns out to be pretty fun, actually, but when Tash returns home, Capín Jackie is gone. And Tash needs her ó the made-up stories of dolphin-dragons, the warm cookies that made everything all right after a fight, the key Capín Jackie always insisted had magic in it. The Captain always said all Tash had to do was hold it tight and the magic would come. Was it true? Could the key bring Capín Jackie back? In a heartfelt and stunningly written story, Pat Schmatz introduces readers to a tenacious, fiercely loyal girl struggling to let go of the fantasies and fears of her childhood . . . and say yes to everything that lies ahead.

For eleven-year-old Tash, Capín Jackie isnít just the elderly next-door neighbor ó sheís family. When she disappears, only Tash holds the key that might bring her back.
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Middle-grade Novel / Hardback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
208 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
Fiction; Social Themes; Family; Death, Grief, Bereavement;
author’s comments:
Pat Schmatz is the author of the critically acclaimed Bluefish as well as Lizard Radio, which won the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for exploring and expanding the understanding of gender. Pat Schmatz lives in Minneapolis.
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