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2013 Nominee
Voted 13 out of 20

Out of the Box

By Michelle Mulder. Published in Orca Book Publishers by 2011

Life is smoothest for thirteen-year-old Ellie when she keeps her opinions to herself, gets good grades and speaks carefully when her parents ask her to settle their arguments. She feels guilty that she welcomes the chance to spend the summer in another city with her mother’s older sister, Jeanette. Ellie makes a new friend and learns to play an Argentine instrument called the bandoneUn, which she finds in her aunt’s basement. When she goes searching for the bandoneUn’s original owner, she discovers a story of political intrigue and family secrets.

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