Books for Young Readers: In 'The Golden Rectangle,' finding a silver lining on a bad day
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"The Golden Rectangle" by Gillian Neimark. $16. Ages 8-12.
When "The Golden Rectangle" begins, Lucy Moon is hiding in the barn on her father's farm in Puddleville, Ga., while snow swirls on a 90-degree day.
The snow has been created by crushing 40,000 pounds of ice in honor of the wedding of Lucy's sister, Nell. The wedding promises to be something never before seen in Puddleville. But Lucy doesn't want her sister to get married, and she doesn't want to wear the fancy pink dress that her sister has picked for her.
"But life has a funny way of turning your worst day into your best and changing the thing you hate most into your lucky charm. In the end, Lucy owed everything to that dumb pink dress."
The second chapter of the book takes place 1,000 miles from Georgia in New York City and introduces readers to 10-year-old Flor Bernoulli. Flor loves fancy clothes, has traveled the world and is about to meet up with a long-lost half sister. And Flor has a strange friend, Dr. Pi, who is a wizard from another galaxy.
So what happens when Dr. Pi brings Lucy and Flor together to fight a tiny tyrant made of nothing but squares and rectangles?
Well, we can't actually tell you that, but we can tell you that the results are, ahem, magical.
First Published March 18, 2013 12:00 am