INTERMEDIATE FICTION
Holt, Kimberly Willis

The Lost Boy's Gift

(2) 4-6 Illustrated by Jonathan Bean. Nine-year-old Daniel is unenthusiastic about moving after his parents divorce, but middle-aged Tilda is delighted to have a child neighbor. Co-protagonist Tilda--who can magically talk with animals--takes an interest in Daniel while his mother works long hours. A broad cast of well-defined secondary characters reinforces the book's sense of community, while the talking animals provide both occasional profundity and frequent comic relief.

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