Juneberry Blue

Hardcover
$17.99 US
6.29"W x 8.31"H x 1.03"D  
On sale Jun 18, 2024 | 304 Pages | 978-1-68263-669-5
| Grades 3-7
Taking inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and rural settings, this contemporary magical realism novel includes a mistaken destiny, a dying town, and a determined ghost cat.

Eleven-year-old Andie Jennings, of Morning Glory, Virginia (population: 8), is set to inherit a matrilineal gift on Test Day, and she plans to use it to bring her dad home for good from his long-haul trucking job. Except her gift doesn’t come.

Instead, Andie starts seeing and hearing unexplained things, and a see-through cat seems to be following her. Turns out, she didn't fail Test Day. Her gift just isn’t what anyone expected. But Andie’s ability to communicate with the ghosts at the town’s shuttered Juneberry Blue factory may be the very thing that Morning Glory—and her own family—needs.
Candice Ransom is the author of more than 170 books for children and young adults. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches at Hollins University in their graduate program in children's literature. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and two bossy cats. Visit her at 
candiceransom.com.
"[A] gently magical tale that centers nature, ecology, and connection."—Publishers Weekly

"Fairy-tale aficionados will delight in the parallels and references to well-known stories peppered throughout. . . Filled with mystery, magic, and small-town mythos."—Kirkus Reviews

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Taking inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and rural settings, this contemporary magical realism novel includes a mistaken destiny, a dying town, and a determined ghost cat.

Eleven-year-old Andie Jennings, of Morning Glory, Virginia (population: 8), is set to inherit a matrilineal gift on Test Day, and she plans to use it to bring her dad home for good from his long-haul trucking job. Except her gift doesn’t come.

Instead, Andie starts seeing and hearing unexplained things, and a see-through cat seems to be following her. Turns out, she didn't fail Test Day. Her gift just isn’t what anyone expected. But Andie’s ability to communicate with the ghosts at the town’s shuttered Juneberry Blue factory may be the very thing that Morning Glory—and her own family—needs.

Author

Candice Ransom is the author of more than 170 books for children and young adults. She has an MFA in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches at Hollins University in their graduate program in children's literature. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband and two bossy cats. Visit her at 
candiceransom.com.

Praise

"[A] gently magical tale that centers nature, ecology, and connection."—Publishers Weekly

"Fairy-tale aficionados will delight in the parallels and references to well-known stories peppered throughout. . . Filled with mystery, magic, and small-town mythos."—Kirkus Reviews

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