Suzanne Crowley, the acclaimed author of The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous, returns with a perfectly pitched tween story about friendship, family, and loss. When twelve-year-old Esme discovers dinosaur bones on her family's Texas peach farm, she's suddenly surrounded by people who may not have her best interests at heart. For fans of Wendy Mass and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.After her grandfather died from a heart attack while driving his tractor on Solace Hill, twelve-year-old Esme avoids returning to that horrible spot. Then she follows her little brother, Bo, and her dog, Old Jack, up the hill while chasing fireflies, and she makes an incredible discovery-dinosaur bones peeking out underneath the abandoned tractor. The bones must be a message from her grandfather, a connection from beyond the grave. But when word gets out that the farm is hiding something valuable, reporters, researchers, and neighbors arrive in droves. Esme struggles to understand who has her best interests at heart, especially as the memory of her grandfather begins to slip away. Full of friendship and adventure, and featuring a palpable Texas setting, Finding Esme will appeal to fans of Wendy Mass' A Mango-Shaped Space and Rebecca Stead's When You Reach Me.
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