Publication Date: January 24, 2023
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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7
In this charming, lyrical novel from Nicole D. Collier, twelve-year-old Maya turns to her trusty “Wheel of Fortunes” for guidance on the toughest questions—like why her best friend suddenly feels far away, or when her daddy will move back home. But can Maya find the courage to write her own fortune? Perfect for fans of Meg Medina and Renée Watson.
Maya J. Jenkins is bursting with questions:Will she get the MVP award at this year’s soccer banquet?Who will win the big Grill-Off between Daddy and Uncle J?When will she pass the swim test and get a green bracelet?For answers and a dose of good luck, twelve-year-old Maya turns to her Wheel of Fortunes, a cardboard circle covered with the small slips of wisdom she’s collected from fortune cookies.But can the fortunes answer her deep-down questions? The ones she’s too scared to ask out loud? Like, where did Mama’s smile go, the real one that lit up everything around her? When will Daddy move back home? And most of all, does she have enough courage to truly listen to the voice in her heart?
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