Bargain eBooks #685:

Michaela’s Gift by Cordelia Dinsmore
Genre: Light Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Price: $2.99
Where to Get It:
Musa Publishing       Amazon      Barnes & Noble        Smashwords
Michaela Cochran and her family make the trip to her father’s ancestral home every year, but this year is special. Michaela is now twelve, the age when every girl in the family receives a special gift. When Aunt Sharon explains that Michaela’s gift is a magical ability to bring one of her drawings to life, Michaela begins making plans. What she wants most is a castle high on the mountain, where her family can live together. But if she can’t figure out how to resolve the growing hostility between herself and her mother, her gift is meaningless.
What they’re saying about it:
“This was a very sweet story. Almost twelve-year-old Michaela makes her yearly trip to visit her grandparents at her father’s ancestral home in the mountains. Very interesting (unexpected) things happen there, and as is the custom for the twelve-year-old girls in her family, she’s about to receive a gift. (But not an ordinary gift; this one has a bit of magic attached).
Michaela and her mother butt heads, as many mothers and daughters do. She seems like a realistic pre-teen who wants to be independent but who still needs her mother. And there are a few mysteries that the reader wants to get to the bottom of. (Like, why are there ghosts in a certain room?) I don’t want to spoil the plot here, but I will say that the story was unique and held my interest. I think this book would work especially well for readers aged 8 to 12.”

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