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Jeremy is not having a good summer. His best friends have moved away, and he has to stay at the cottage with only his little sister and Aunt Margery. His parents have remained in the city so his father can have an operation.
When Jeremy finally sees him again, he finds out that his father has cancer and isn't going to get better. Suddenly, everything is different. Then Jeremy finds an unlikely friend in Tess, who knows what it's like to lose someone. As his friendship with her grows, through good times and bad, Jeremy discovers that his father has left him something that will live forever...
Then Norah is told that she and her brother, Gavin, are being sent to Canada. The voyage across the ocean is exciting, but at the end of it Norah is miserable. The rich woman who takes them in prefers Gavin to her, the children at school taunt her, and as the news from England becomes worse, she longs for home.
As Norah begins to make friends, she discovers a surprising responsibility that helps her to accept her new country.
Stephen is fifteen when the nightmares begin. The dream is always the same: a crying baby, a wooden ladder, a house built in the branches, fire everywhere. Night after night, the fantastic images haunt him. More chilling than the dream itself, though, is the fact that this is the very same nightmare that haunted Stephen's brother, Marcus--the dream that drove Marcus to run away. Now Stephen is the age his brother was when he left, and he wonders what it all means.
Determined not to run from the truth, Stephen steels himself for a journey of remarkable discovery that he hopes will eventually lead him to the truth about the past and, ultimately, about himself.
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So begins the story of Wild Girl & Gran - a young girl and her grandmother who become companions in imagination, schemers in adventure and free-spirited in friendship. Together they create a whimsical world that is beautifully charmed and safe.
But a shadow falls over this special place when Gran falls ill and leaves the world. Wild Girl does not feel safe or adventurous anymore. One spring day, Wild Girl's mother begins to tell stories about Gran. Wild Girl sees how, together, their love for Gran, and each other, will survive.
Wild Girl & Gran is the hauntingly beautiful tale of how imagination renews the human spirit and how love passes across generations, from mother to daughter, to calm a wild girl's heart and make her adventurous again.