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In the Country of Queens by Cari Best (from a Two Thumbs Up reviewer)

by McNally Robinson - Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 at 7:40pm

This is a book about a girl named Shirley Alice Burns. Life is hard for Shirley because of her overprotective mother, Anna. Her mom makes Shirley go to Breezy Bay Day Camp which in Shirley's opinion is for babies. Anna won't even let Shirley babysit her next-door neighbor's child, because Anna is too overprotective about her daughter! Then one day Shirley finds out that her father she believed to have left (because Anna said so) was actually dead. Will Shirley finally stand up to Anna and make her admit the truth about Shirley's father? Find out in this fantastic book In the Country of Queens!

- Stella, a Two Thumbs Up reviewer

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Two Thumbs Up Kids

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An Amazon Best Book of the MonthEleven-year-old Shirley Alice Burns lives with her domineering mother, Hurricane Anna, and loving Grandmother. One day she unexpectedly discovers that her beloved father isn't in Absentia as her family would have her believe, but dead. And she understands all too well why they haven't told her; she's always been shy and quiet, and Anna has always been protective of her. But if Shirley doesn't start speaking up, she isn't going to be able to do the things she wants to do: go on vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee with her cousins, stop taking ballet lessons, and talk about her father. Through the help of a mouse, her hero Pippi Longstocking, and her cousin Phillie, Shirley finds the strength to give her dreams a voice and convince everyone, even Hurricane Anna, that she doesn't need to be sheltered, especially from the truth.In the Country of Queens is the debut novel from acclaimed picture-book author Cari Best.