The Center of Everything (Paperback)

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“Everything in Ruby Pepperdine's life has been wrong since her beloved grandmother died. Even her two best friends aren't talking to her anymore. With the town gearing up for Bunning Day -- the annual celebration of the invention of the doughnut -- Ruby knows she has just one chance to make things right. But what if she makes the wrong wish? Ruby will win your heart as she navigates the rough waters of grief and friendship and growing up.”
— Sandy Scott, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT


For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors in her donut-obsessed town of Bunning, New Hampshire, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be until Ruby messes up and things spin out of control. But she has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear Ruby read her winning essay. And it depends on her twelfth birthday wish unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby's wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?

About the Author

Linda Urban's debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. She is also the author of Hound Dog True, a Kirkus Best Book of 2011, the acclaimed The Center of Everything, and the fantasy-adventure Milo Speck, Accidental Agent. A former bookseller, she lives in Vermont.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780544340695
ISBN-10: 0544340698
Publisher: Harcourt Brace and Company
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2015
Pages: 208
Language: English