Leeva at Last by Sara Pennypacker


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A hilarious and heart-warming new adventure from Sara Pennypacker, the best-selling author of Pax, with illustrations by Caldecott Medal-winner Matthew Cordell

Leeva Thornblossom loves to learn: her local newspaper teaches her a new word every day, and soap operas show her the many shades of human expression. And when she comes across the announcement that all children are required to go to school, Leeva sees an opportunity to do something that newspapers and television alone can’t provide: the chance to meet people.

But Leeva’s parents, the insufferable mayor and selfish tax collector of their small town, don’t want to send her to school, and they certainly don’t want her to meet other people. And so, with the help of the town’s librarian and her son, Leeva sets out to finds answers: what have her parents been hiding from her?


Leeva’s parents make Matilda Wormwood’s parents look like kind, loving parents! Not only are they bad and lazy but they treat Leeva like a slave – wait until you hear where her name comes from… But with all the courage of a little girl who wants more than anything to have friends and learn about life, Leeva finds a way to start exploring the world which has been hidden from her. A stoic, no nonsense heroine, a cast of of wonderfully eccentric, heartwarming characters, you’ll be rooting for Leeva every step of the way. An uplifting story, highly recommended!