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* "[A] heartwarming and richly engaging tale." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review When Inge Maria Jensen’s mother dies, the ten-year-old girl in braids is sent from Copenhagen to live on her grandmother’s farm on the Danish island of Bornholm. The whimsical Inge is desperate to tease a smile out of her stern-seeming but “jelly-soft” grandmother with nonsensical songs and Hans Christian Andersen stories. A nostalgic nod to Pippi Longstocking and Heidi, this cozy, humorous novel explores love and loss . . . and the unsung magic of mischief.
About the Author
Katrina Nannestad grew up in central-western NSW. After studying arts and education at the University of New England in Armidale, she worked as a primary school teacher. Her first teaching job was at a tiny two-teacher school in the bush. Katrina now lives near Bendigo with her husband and two sons.
* "Readers can only hope for more of [Inge Maria Jensen's] happy mischief and genuine heart."
—Publishers Weekly STARRED review
* "This heartwarming and richly engaging tale explores grief and the sustaining support of humor with an abundance of love."
—Kirkus STARRED review
* "A yarn too good to pass up."
—Booklist STARRED review
"With both a judicious amount to cry at and much to delight in, this book will satisfy lovers of orphan stories and good-natured mischief makers alike."
"A truly touching story."
—School Library Journal
"Fans of Pippi Longstocking will devour this hilarious debut novel, featuring an energetic 10-year-old who invigorates an isolated Danish town."