The Secret Life of a Boarding School Brat

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Bored with her life at her snobby boarding school, Lydia Rice takes matters into her own hands and makes things interesting by secretly breaking all the rules, especially when a new friendship with the night watchman leads to her uncovering a school secret that throws the whole establishment into chaos.

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Amy Gordon's other books include: 'Return to Gill Park','The Gorillas of Gill Park', & 'When JFK Was My Father', which was called "refreshing" in a Horn Book starred review. She teaches drama at a private boarding school in Massachusetts.

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Grade 5-7–Lydia Rice attends the Florence T. Pocket Boarding School. Her parents are divorced, her beloved grandmother has recently died, and she does not like her new school. She has difficulty making friends until she meets Howie, the maintenance man/night watchman, during one of her nocturnal wanderings through the school. He teaches her to be a silly wizard and sets up a task for her: to identify the characters in a mural painted in the hallway at the turn of the century. By unraveling this mystery, Lydia makes a series of discoveries about her family and herself. Throughout the novel, Howie gives her stories of magic and transformation that he has written. His advice to her is to be true to herself. This is a gentle story told in diary form of a young girl coming to terms with her struggles. Readers will identify with Lydia's difficulty adjusting to the changes and losses in her life, and, like her, will appreciate the healing power of a good friend.–Elizabeth Fernandez, Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich, CT
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