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Willowood Hardcover – March 9, 2010
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Lily has moved to a new place and a new town and she's not happy. She's missing her best friend, Baily,and their special secret outdoor meeting place. Willowood. It's a woodsy, leafy, mysterious and special. There'll never be another place like it or another friend like Baily.
Lily's single mom has to work long hours at her new job, so their new neighbor, Mrs. Hiller, who's as kind and grandmotherly as she can be, looks after our heroine but can't take the place of Lily's mother. Riverside Heights, Lily's new school,is a downer too. The kids are mean to her, especially the rich, blond Amanda, who's the fifth grade class leader. The only girl who's nice to Lily is Gina--but kids make fun of her too! Of course Amanda's the leader in the bad treatment of both girls.
Finally,something good happens! Mrs. Hiller's friend,Bernard, who owns the Pet Palace,offers Lily an after-school job! The Pet Palace, with its huge selection of lizards,is the perfect place for her--she's lizard fan. Then Lily meets Bernard's grown son, Nate--who makes her nervous because he has Down Syndrome.
Does Lily and Nate ever become friends? Does Gina and Lily become friends? Does Amanda ever stop being a "mean girl"?
And does Lily ever find a new Willowood? Don't Call Me Hefty Holly