THE HEALING SPELL, by Kimberley Griffiths Little (blog)(Scholastic, Summer 2010)(ages 8-12). Eleven year old Livie lives with her family deep in the bayou and other than that, is a pretty typical kid trying to hide her pet alligator, get along with her cousin, and deal with her sister's upcoming wedding.
But her mother is in a coma and Livie has become estranged from her father. And when her mother is brought home, the house is turned upside down to ensure she is properly cared for. Livie feels responsible and knows the only way to make it right is to find a way to wake her Mom up...
THE HEALING SPELL is lush, fascinating, sweet, and atmospheric. Readers will empathize with Livie as they immerse themselves in the bayou setting.
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