MMGM (8/28/2017): The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd

For MMGM, I am recommending The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd.

Here's the publisher's description:

Everyone in Emma's family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians — every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream. For Emma, her own dream can't come soon enough. Right before her mother died, Emma promised that she'd do whatever it took to fulfill her destiny, and she doesn't want to let her mother down. But when Emma's dream finally arrives, it points her toward an impossible task: finding a legendary treasure hidden in her town's cemetery. If Emma fails, she'll let down generations of extraordinary ancestors, including her own mother. But how can she find something that's been missing for centuries and might be protected by a mysterious singing ghost? With her signature blend of lyrical writing, quirky humor, and unforgettable characters, Natalie Lloyd's The Key to Extraordinary cements her status as one of the most original voices writing for children today.

I really enjoyed this book! One of the best parts about it are the characters. Emma is a fun, likable character, and almost all of the cast is kind and cares deeply about one another. In addition, The Key to Extraordinary features a very vivid setting (a small town called Blackbird Hollow). Featuring interesting flowers and rumors of ghosts, the town and all of the places in it make the book gripping and immersive. Finally, the plot of the book is fabulous. It never drags on or moves too quickly, and it feature many different events, some of which have to do with Emma, and some with others. There is a great balance of magic and realism, many interesting discoveries, and a delightful ending. The Key to Extraordinary is an amazing book that no one will want to put down!


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