For Ages: 8 - 12
From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant comes the charming story of nine-year-old Flora Smallwood and the eventful year she spends in the quiet community of Rosetown, Indiana.

For nine-year-old Flora Smallwood, Rosetown, Indiana, is full of surprises, many of the best of which happen at the Wing and a Chair Used Book Shop, where she loves to read vintage children’s books after school in the faded purple chair by the window.

But lately, those surprises haven’t been so good. Her dear old dog, Laurence, recently passed away. Not long after, her parents decided to take a breather from their marriage, and now Flora has to move back and forth between their two houses. Plus, she’s just begun fourth grade, and it is so much different than third.

Luckily Flora has two wonderful friends—one old and one new. And with them around to share thoughts and laughs and adventures big and small, life in Rosetown still has many sweet moments—and even some very happy surprises!
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9781534412774 Hardcover $16.99 Beach Lane Books May 08, 2018
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1. Flora’s parents are separated, and now she has two homes with two bedrooms. Despite the fact that she’s gained more space to call her own, she still feels a great loss. Why do you think that is? Do you think it’s possible to gain something and lose something at the same time? What might you tell Flora to help her feel better about her situation?

2. Flora wonders if there’s really a cat hiding under the steps of the barbershop. Yury agrees that the cat exists, saying, “‘Unless I am delusional . . . my father says that sometimes I am a master of grand delusion.’” Flora decides that she’s “glad to have a friend capable of grand delusions.” What does Flora mean by this? How might Yury share his delusions with her?

3. Standing in the field after meeting Zowie, a parachuting dog, Flora has a feeling that she identifies as “expectation.” How would you describe that feeling? What might happen when something doesn’t meet your expectations? What might happen when it does? How might either experience change your perception of future expectations? Flora’s father did not feel what she felt; he had his “work eyes.” Do you think your parents’ expectations are different from your own?

4. Although Yury was missing his cat who had p see more

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Cynthia Rylant
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Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant is the author of more than 100 books for young people, including the beloved Henry and Mudge, Annie and Snowball, Brownie & Pearl, and Mr. Putter & Tabby series. Her novel Missing May received the Newbery Medal. She lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Visit her at


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