The Secret Hum of a Daisy

The Secret Hum of a Daisy

by Tracy Holczer


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Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she's found it her mother says it's time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399163937
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 820L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Tracy Holczer lives in Southern California. The Secret Hum of the Daisy is her debut.

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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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The Secret Hum of a Daisy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Rose_Colored_Glasses More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Christine_Kohler More than 1 year ago
 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.
Rebecca Petruck More than 1 year ago
Poetry plays an important role in this novel, which itself feels like a poem in its gorgeous imagery, lyricism, and openness of heart.