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One Square Inch

Claudia Mills

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Cooper's grandfather gives him and his little sister, Carly, deeds to square inches of land in the Yukon. Carly uses them to invent her own imaginary kingdom of Inchland—far away from the silence of their home, where their single mother stays in bed all day. When their mom comes out of her season of sadness bursting with sometimes frightening energy, Carly retreats into Inchland, while sixth-grader Cooper tries to control the chaos. But can Cooper really keep Carly—and himself—safe?

In One Square Inch, Claudia Mills weaves a story that is “Believable and deeply moving” (Publishers Weekly).

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Sometimes magic turns up in unexpected places. Not real magic, if there is such a thing, which my younger sister, Carly, still believes in but I don’t, at least not anymore. But magic that you can sort of pretend to believe in. Magic that is real enough, and sometimes realer than anything else in your life. Looking back, I think it’s strange that it was Gran-Dan of all people who first gave Carly and me the deeds to Inchland.
We were visiting him in New Jersey, Carly, my mom, and me. Our family is just the three of us, so we did everything together: my dad was killed in a car
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Praise for One Square Inch

“Believable and deeply moving” —Publishers Weekly

“Cooper’s narration is restrained yet heartfelt, credible in the toll that anxiety increasingly takes on him even as he attempts to reason himself out of it” The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books

 “An expertly crafted, low-key alternative to Leslie Connor’s Waiting for Normal (2008).” —Booklist

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Claudia Mills

  • CLAUDIA MILLS is the author of numerous books for children, including How Oliver Olson Changed the World and The Totally Made-up Civil War Diary of Amanda MacLeish. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

  • Claudia Mills
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One Square Inch

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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