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The Key to Extraordinary
The Key to Extraordinary | Natalie Lloyd
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The highly anticipated new stand alone novel from rising star Natalie Lloyd! 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.
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monalyisha
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Before Emma Pearl's mama dies, she passes on a family heirloom, The Book of Days. In the book, each of the women in Emma's family has written her Destiny Dream, a magical premonition which reveals her future. Emma's mama predicted that she'd have the Dream early, thereby connecting them forever, but her 12th birthday is fast approaching and Emma still has not seen her future.

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monalyisha 1/7: Meanwhile, Warren Steel threatens to buy out her Grandma Blue's cafe, and steal away the only home Emma has ever known. Will Emma have the Dream and figure out a way to save Blackbird Hollow before it's too late?

With The Key to Extraordinary, Natalie Lloyd gives her readers a story about friendship, mother-daughter relationships, grief, loss, love, ghosts, a treasure hunt, hot chocolate, and magical muffins. What more could one want?
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monalyisha 2/7: The realistically-portrayed relationships and complex characters will satisfy fans of realistic fiction. The treasure hunt, though not overly difficult to solve, will please those who prefer mysteries. The ghost story serves a dual-purpose; it will enchant fantasy-lovers and history-lovers alike, as its origins can be found in the Civil War era of American history. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 3/7: The setting, Blackbird Hollow, TN, with its overflow of blossoming flowers, and sacred cemetery/old-church-turned-cafe, complete with stained glass windows & a signature hot-chocolate drink called Boneyard Brew, is a character unto itself. (edited) 2mo
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monalyisha 4/7: The audiobook narration, performed by Kate Simses, seems a little bit saccharine-sweet, at first. But as the listener gets to know Emma Pearl, it becomes clear that the sweetness is not an affectation; it's an earnest, genuine character trait. Simses nails the southern Tennessee twang, but her most impressive achievement is found in song. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 5/7: Emma is the daughter of a folk rock singer and an aspiring drummer (& super-fan of The White Stripes). The ghosts who haunt the graveyard sing out clues for treasure-seekers who are pure of heart. Music is performed regularly at the Boneyard Cafe, and otherworldly flowers capture a trove of secrets and songs between their petals, which can be listened to if one holds them up to their ear, like a seashell echoing sounds of the sea. (edited) 2mo
monalyisha 6/7: Though the songs are simple, the way Simses sings them will give you an ear-worm that lasts for weeks! There are important lessons here about loyalty and making your own fate, divulged in Lloyd's trademark lyrical language. The aforementioned sweetness is balanced by the darkness of the thicket, which is, as Emma's BFF Cody Belle puts it, “spooky-creepy as all get-out!“ 2mo
monalyisha 7/7: The Key to Extraordinary holds something for everyone in its chest of treasures.

I knew I liked Natalie Lloyd after reading A Snicker of Magic. This second book only confirmed it for me, and ensured that I'll be following her career forevermore.
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Crazeedi Sounds like a truly magical book!! 2mo
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Eggs
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Stars, flowers, secrets + history and great characters=great story

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ThatOneLibrarian
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This is SUCH a well done audiobook! I can't stop humming "Darlin' Daisy" as I'm sitting at the Jr. Reference at work today. Well written, Natalie Lloyd and great performance, Kate Simms! #24in48

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ThatOneLibrarian
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#24in48 Audiobook to get me through traffic and appointments!

Bookgoil Loved this one on audio! 3y
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Gingersnapppp
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I loved this fanciful middle grade novel. Everyone in Emma's family has done something amazing. She has spies, scientists, and musicians in her family. In this story Emma has to complete her Destiny but sometimes that's easier said than done. This story about friendship and family was so beautifully done. I loved every second of it. Highly recommend.

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Smithkatiea
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A very sweet middle grades novel. A little history, a lot of magic. Enjoy!

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Lolobee
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I absolutely adored this book. It makes you feel warm and fuzzy. It is geared towards children, but it was so lovely.

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nicolekukral
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Well, I haven't done this in awhile. I got sucked into this book and just couldn't stop reading. I love that this book is about the important legacy of women in a girl's life and the value of deep and true friendship. I shed a few years MULTIPLE times while reading!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's one great review! 4y
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nicolekukral
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Continuing my mission to read more children's lit, I picked up this one. Love the opening line: "It is a known fact that the most extraordinary moments in a person's life come disguised as ordinary days."

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Shelleang
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"I'd hate for the last words that come out of my mouth to be mean ones. I don't want my words wasted." Nice. Very nice.

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LibraryLily
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I wish this book had existed about 20 years ago so I could have read it as a kid. It's magical and happy and sad and curious and makes me want to travel to the hills of Tennessee.

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GirlNamedJesse
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"Fear is a flashlight that helps you find your courage."

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LibraryLily
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"It is a known fact that the most extraordinary moments in a person's life come disguised as ordinary days."
Ain't that the truth.

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flowersquiet
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Natalie's writing is wonderful and her characters always make me grin. Looking forward to this one!