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If any book was made for summer reading (or reading over break, or weekend reading, or really anytime reading) then it is this book by Ms. Blume. You will laugh, cry, and be transported to other countries. It's all about 11-year-old Cornelia Street (yes, that's her name) who has a famous pianist as a mother. Cornelia usually feels lonely and bored, finding refuge only in the pages of dictionaries.
All of this changes one day when a mysterious woman moves in next door. The woman has an exotically decorated apartment, a gigantic wall of dictionaries, and dozens of interesting stories to tell. This woman is Virginia Somerset, and she will change Cornelia's life forever.
I absolutely loved this book! Cornelia is very relatable, and the stories Virginia tells are incredibly interesting. It is one book that definitely had me turning to the next page! In three words, I would describe it as: exotic, interesting, and playful. However, there is a rather sad ending (at least in my opinion) so proceed cautiously.
Will you be joining Cornelia for storytime at Virginia's?