Layla, Queen of Hearts

Glenda Millard; Pictures by Patrice Barton

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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When Layla's school announces a Senior Citizens’ Day, Layla is at a loss. Who can she take? Her friend Griffin Silk offers to share his grandmother, Nell, but Layla desperately wants someone of her own. So Nell introduces Layla to Miss Amelie and a friendship begins. Layla soon learns that Miss Amelie has problems with her memory. Layla is determined to help—and a small but significant miracle occurs in this warm and loving novel about the healing power of friendship.

Layla, Queen of Hearts is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Praise for Layla, Queen of Hearts

"The sequel to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Farrar, 2009), this is a beautifully written tale about how it feels to lose someone you care about, whether the loss is due to death or dementia. Though the subject matter is heavy, Millard maintains an upbeat mood throughout and her poetic descriptions of Layla’s environment show readers that there is beauty and joy to be found in everyday life." -School Library Journal

The theme running through Millard’s Silk family chronicles is the transformative power of empathy. Emotional balm, the source of inspiration and ideas that nourish and enrich the soul, empathy works its magic on everyone." -Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Glenda Millard; Pictures by Patrice Barton

Glenda Millard has published many books for young readers in Australia, including her award-winning novels about the Silk family. She lives in Victoria, Australia. Patrice Barton received her B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.

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Layla, Queen of Hearts
Glenda Millard; Pictures by Patrice Barton


Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2010
ISBN: 9780374343606
ISBN10: 0374343608
Chapter Book
5 1/8 x 7 5/8 inches, 128 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 8 to 11
Grade Range: 3 to 6 Information for Librarians

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F&P Level A-Z: O
AR Quiz Number: 120970
AR Book Level: 5.5
AR Points: 7


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