Friday 11 March 2022

Those Kids from Fawn Creek

Those Kids from Fawn Creek by Erin Entrada Kelly (Text Publishing) PB RRP $16.99 ISBN 9781922458506

Every day in Fawn Creek feels the same—until Orchid Mason arrives.

There are twelve kids in the seventh grade at the Fawn Creek school. They’ve been together all their lives. In this tiny manufacturing town where everyone knows everything about everyone, that’s not necessarily a great thing.

There are twelve kids, but thirteen desks. That’s because Renni Dean moved to Grand Saintlodge—the next-door town—last year. Renni might have left Fawn Creek, but she still knows their secrets. She’s still pulling their strings.

When Orchid Mason arrives and slips gracefully into Renni’s desk, the other seventh-graders don’t know what to think. Orchid is new and exciting. She was born in New York City and has travelled the world. She has lived in Paris, and she tells them stories of the Eiffel Tower and the Love Lock Bridge. She seems to float. Her dress skims the floor. She wears a flower behind her ear.

Orchid’s arrival is about to upset the tightly knit friendship groups and challenge the hold Renni has over them. Who will claim Orchid Mason? Will she save them? Or will they save her?

Those Kids from Fawn Creek is a delightful story of friendship and fitting in, of truth and lies and the things that matter most from beloved Newbery Medal-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly.

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