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Can you imagine being one of only 12 kids in the 7th grade in a tiny town in Louisiana? And then a new girl, Orchid, arrives, with stories of having lived in Paris and New York City. How will she affect the friendships and social circles in the tiny class? Can they believe all her stories? Dorothy and Greyson, who don't feel accepted by their families, are the first to reach out to Orchid. But then things get complicated.
A story that’s needed right now. It grabs your heart. Unforgettable characters, and the real-life lessons of kindness, belonging to family and friends, self-acceptance, and standing up for yourself are deeply felt, ones that the Newbery-winning author experienced herself in 7th grade.
(Juvenile fiction, ages 8+) - Reviewed by Nikki