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by Anne Ursu Illustrated by Erin McGuire

In many ways, 11-year-old Hazel is just like any other fifth grader. She's losing patience with her mom, her new school, and her absentee dad. She's entirely committed to Jack, her best friend, the one person who shares her love of baseball, superheroes, and wild imaginings.

Then one day, everything changes. A razor-sharp mystical shard blows into Jack's eye, and his once kind heart turns icy cold. What's happening? How can he forget their friendship? Hazel is convinced there are dark forces at play, and when she sees Jack heading into the woods with a sinister stranger, she follows the pair to rescue her friend.

Suspenseful and exciting, this middle-grade novel enchants readers from the very first page.

Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Science Fiction and Fantasy

About the Author and Illustrator

Anne Ursu
Erin McGuire Erin McGuire is an illustrator currently working in Dallas, Texas. She's illustrated over fifty books across a range of middle grade and picture book projects.

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