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Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Snow, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, and How to Read a Story; novels like Capture the Flag, The Seventh Wish, and Breakout; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series, and the Ranger in Time historical chapter book series. Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and is trying to summit all forty-six Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines.


"Messner (Manhunt) has created a relatable, sympathetic character in anxious Ava, and her story is at its best when Ava's life remains centered around the norms of her school, friends, and multigenerational family." --Publishers Weekly"The lesson here--not only about the values of not knowing, but about managing oneself in the face of uncertainty--will resonate and, hopefully, inspire." --BCCB"Messner captures the anxieties of middle school girls. . . Would work well to spark discussions about problems that may plague middle school students." --Library Media Connection"Ava is a sympathetic and well-rounded character, and the relationship, conflicts included, between her and the more outgoing Sophie rings true. The writing is smooth and the dialogue believable. Firmly planted in realistic fiction with a single fantastical element, this story will appeal to Wendy Mass fans as well as those who love Messner's previous novels." --School Library Journal"It's no surprise that Kate Messner's magic pen could write a charming, moving, funny, and ultimately very surprising story about a magic pencil!" --Wendy Mass, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of 11 BIRTHDAYS"Combines a fascinating concept with page-turning suspense. A wild roller-coaster ride." --Margaret Peterson Haddix on WAKE UP MISSING"Loved it! Mystery, intrigue, danger, and creepy futuristic science set in today's world? Yes, please!" --Lisa McMann, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of WAKE and THE UNWANTEDS on WAKE UP MISSING"Laced with humor and heart . . . an insightful and affecting read." --Booklist on THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z

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