After her mother's sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she's never met. She can't imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.
Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.
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Praise for Tracy Holczer's The Secret Hum of a Daisy
A Summer 2014 Kids' Indie Next Pick!
"A lovely and captivating debut . . . Holczer writes with depth, heart, and a poetic lilt . . . nuanced characters engage from beginning to end." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Holczer expertly crafts the characters and dialogue to create a story readers will identify with, and thoroughly enjoy… More than simply a book about grief and the death of a parent, Grace’s story is about the search for identity. An essential purchase for middle-grade collections." —School Library Journal, starred review
"In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation." —Kirkus Reviews
"Holczer weaves healing symbols… and poetry into her lyrical text… in this heartfelt debut about loss and love." —The Horn Book
"Readers who appreciate the quiet confidence and maturity of Cynthia Rylant’s, Patricia MacLachlan’s, and Katherine Paterson’s protagonists will find a new author to enjoy." —Booklist
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Beautiful story. You can't help but love young Grace. This is a book that should be made into a movie; it's a lovely as The Secret Life of Bees. Regardless of your age you can't help but love it.
A beautiful middle grade novel about grief and redemption and finding yourself when you're not quite sure who you are anymore. There was so much heart in this story, and the characters really popped from the page. Highly recommended! ~Leandra Wallace
Grace's mom dies and she goes to live with a grandmother she's never met before. It is not until she follows some clues and learns about her family's past before she can discover the treasure at home. THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is a lyrical story about loss, grief, discovery, and love.
Poetry plays an important role in this novel, which itself feels like a poem in its gorgeous imagery, lyricism, and openness of heart.