Dana Middleton's debut novel is a wonderfully enchanting story of the possibility of magic and the even more magical bond between two best friends.
Dana Middleton grew up in Georgia before moving to Los Angeles to work in film and theater. She produced the Academy Award-nominated short film Down on the Waterfront and was part of the award-winning cast of La Gioconda, while nurturing her real passion of writing for children. She lives in sunny Hollywood with her British husband, author Peter Atkins.
"Painfully acquired life lessons are related in Avalon's genial, evocative voice . . . A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Avalon's first-person narrative is forthright and engaging. . . . A well-knit first novel with an involving, affecting story. --Booklist, starred review Blending realism with just a touch of magic, Middleton's debut novel demonstrates a keen awareness of the infinite possibilities of childhood. --Publishers Weekly Avalon has a bright and relatable sensibility that will endear her to readers; her friendship with Atticus is genuine and refreshingly free of boy-girl antagonism and snark. Atticus is a vegetarian and requires medication to address bed-wetting issues, two situations not rare among preteens but seldom addressed in middle grade fiction. --School Library Journal "Avie is an appealingly flawed heroine . . . The predicaments in which she finds herself showcase the difficulty of dealing with the keenly felt adult/child disconnect when it comes to fairness both in families and at school, situating this perfectly for the late elementary crowd." --The Bulletin