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Bestselling middle grade author Lisa Papademetriou is back with a playful, poignant story that will resonate with anyone who’s ever had to learn that love means accepting people—even yourself—for who they really are.

Callie never meant to let it go this far. Sure, she may have accidentally-on-purpose skipped a day at her fancy New York City prep school, but she never thought she’d skip the day after that! And the one after that . . . and . . . uh . . . the one after that.

But when everything in your real life is going wrong (fighting parents! bullied little brother! girls at school who just. don’t. get. it!) skipping school starts to look like a valid mental-health strategy. And when Callie runs into Cassius, a mysterious and prickly “unschooled” kid doing research at museums all across the city, it seems only natural for her to join him. Because museums are educational, which means they’re as good as going to class. Right?

Besides, school can wait. What can’t wait is the mystery of why her grandmother seems to wish she could travel back in time to 1986, or what she wants so much to relive there. As Cassius helps Callie see the world in a whole new light, she realizes that the people she loves are far from perfect—and that some family secrets shouldn’t be secret at all.

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Critical Praise

“Lisa Papademetriou has created an unforgettable dynamic duo and a delightful novel bursting with humor and heart.” —Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series, and Upside Down Magic

“Papademetriou is equally adept at exploring the serious undercurrents to Callie’s family drama and Cassius’ difficulties, and readers stepping up from Frances O’Roark Dowell’s engrossing friendship stories will find Apartment 1986 a comfortable place to hang out.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Praise for A TALE OF HIGHLY UNUSUAL MAGIC: “Lisa Papademetriou’s prose and sense of place dazzles the ear and eye, while the adventure and mystery binds us from page to page. Now that’s sleight of hand!” —Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor Winner

“Magic! It’s everywhere—in music, in moths, in an old handwritten book. But the real magic is the exquisite storytelling that sweeps us along until the last wonderful page. This is a book that leaves shimmers in the very air.” —Kathi Appelt, New York Times bestselling author of The Underneath and Keeper Kathi Appelt, New York Times bestselling author of The Underneath and Keeper Kathi Appelt, New York Times bestselling author of The Underneath and Keeper

“A lively, heartwarming, sometimes perilous tale packed with creepy elements, appealing characters…and more than a few laughs.” —Common Sense Media

“A rollicking adventure... Engaging and appealing, especially to those who have never quite fit in, this novel is sure to satisfy.” —School Library Journal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062371089
  • ISBN 10: 0062371088
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • On Sale: 04/11/2017
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price: 21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1: JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
  • BISAC2: JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)
  • BISAC3: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

Apartment 1986 by Lisa Papademetriou

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