The Midnight Diary of Zoya Blume (Laura Geringer Books)

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Only love and truth can save Zoya Blume

When her mother leaves home, promising to return in seven days, Zoya Blume begins a midnight diary. There, she can confide her deepest secrets and solve her own mysteries: Who is crying in the basement at night? Is there really a witch behind the shower curtain? Will Leon, the magician, make her disappear? Who is Sonambula? And—most importantly—who is Zoya?

At the risk of losing everything and everyone she loves, Zoya at last takes her midnight journey alone to confront her past and conquer her fears.

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Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of the acclaimed memoirs A Place in the Country and Sleeping Arrangements, and the novels Dreams of Rescue and Beautiful Bodies. She is also a playwright and journalist. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and The New York Times. Ms. Cunningham was born and raised in New York, where she now lives with her two daughters. This is her first novel for young readers.

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Grade 4-7–At age 4, Zoya Blume was adopted from a Russian orphanage by her quirky single mother, Mimi. Now 12, she has suppressed memories that haunt her in the form of the Buka, a menacing figure who lurks in dark corners waiting for its chance to capture her. Mimi is the only person who can thwart the creature and dispel the darkness, so, when she is hospitalized, Zoya's world is turned upside down. She begins a journey of self-discovery aided by Leon, a magician friend of Mimi's who has come to look after her, and the contents of the plaid suitcase that she brought with her from Russia. This is a quiet coming-of-age novel about a girl facing her fears about death and the possibility of losing the most important person in her life. The characters are unique and strongly developed, and Zoya's first-person narrative, written as a diary, is honest and sometimes lyrical. Give this book to readers who enjoyed Kevin Henkes's Olive's Ocean (Greenwillow, 2003).–Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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