How to Be a Girl in the World by Caela Carter

Gr. 4-8  The summer before seventh grade, Lydia begins wearing extra clothes to ward off new, unwanted attention from neighborhood boys and the lingering hugs of her mom’s boyfriend, Jeremy. Conflicted, she doesn’t know if she should mention Jeremy to her mom because he helps around the apartment. Then Lydia’s mom unexpectedly buys a house nearby. Old and rickety, the house presents the possibility of magic, which Lydia believes may help her navigate the new school year. When she discovers a book of spells in the basement, Lydia is thrilled. However, when the spell she makes begins to fail, she has to speak up to protect herself. [Read More]