Author: Camiccia, Jennifer
Twelve-year-old Lulu Rose Carter's memory improves greatly just as her beloved Gram becomes very forgetful. She realizes her memory holds the very key to fixing Gram's forgetfulness. With her friends Olivia and Max, Lulu digs into Gram's mysterious past to cure her. But they soon realize some secrets should stay buried, and Lulu wonders if she ever knew Gram at all.
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Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 4.30
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 506950
Kirkus Reviews (07/15/19)
School Library Journal (00/10/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/19)
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School Library Journal - 10/01/2019 Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Lulu has always been close to her Gram, who moved in with her family to help take care of her and her little brother Clay while her parents were dealing with a loss. While Lucy has Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM) and can remember every day of her life in detail, Gram starts forgetting things, from where she parked at the mall to, momentarily, who Lulu is. When Lulu learns that trauma can cause memory loss, she decides to investigate Gram's mysterious past to see if she can find a painful moment that is causing the amnesia, while also concealing Gram's memory loss. Lulu finds Gram's journal, written in Russian, and two different passports. With the help of her friends Olivia and Max, she tries to tie all the clues together. Chapters open with descriptions of different parts of the brain, foreshadowing the plot; readers may figure out the twists and turns before Lulu does. The subject matter is serious at times as Lulu discovers things about her grandma that she wasn't expecting, but there are enough lighthearted moments for balance. VERDICT Realistic fiction readers will be drawn to this poignant story that features a heartwarming relationship between a young girl and her beloved grandmother.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.