The Center of Everything

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 197 pages
6 Reviews
"For Ruby Pepperdine, the center of everything is on the rooftop of Pepperdine Motors, stargazing from the circle of her grandmother Gigi's hug. That's how everything is supposed to be--until it goes spinning out of control. Now Ruby's best friend, Lucy, is mad at her. Her new friendship with Nero is pretty bumpy too. Worst of all, Ruby regrets what happened with Gigi. How Ruby didn't listen. And now it's too late to make things right. But Ruby has one last hope. It all depends on what happens on Bunning Day, when the entire town will hear her read her winning essay. And it all depends on her twelfth birthday wish-- unless she messes that up too. Can Ruby's wish set everything straight in her topsy-turvy world?"--Dust jacket.
 

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User Review  - foggidawn - LibraryThing

Nothing has felt right in Ruby Pepperdine's world ever since her brilliant grandmother Gigi died. Ruby's having trouble with friends both old and new, and worst of all, she regrets that she didn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - Renee.Brandon - LibraryThing

I know that everyone really enjoyed this book. It's not that I didn't, I just wasn't completely pulled in right away. Maybe I just didn't relax into the book, or maybe I was looking for something ... Read full review

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Contents

1 The Beginning
1
2 The Center of Everything
5
3 Destiny
8
4 The Parade Begins
18
5 Wonders
26
6 A Long Line of Cars
30
7 Wheels and Spokes
36
8 The Statue
43
22 The Karate Kid
118
23 To Tell or Not to Tell
121
24 Wanting a Circle
131
25 The Hole That Turns Things Inside Out
136
26 One More Time
144
27 Mr Victor Gomez
147
28 Captain Bunning Said Yes
150
29 The Schoolhouse Approaches
153

9 Good Days and Bad
47
10 Serious Wishes
52
11 Regrets
58
12 Ruby Will Be Fine
64
13 How Ruby Knew
67
14 Rubys Dream
72
15 Wishes and Work
74
16 Inner Gretel
79
17 What You Need to Understand
83
18 The Order of Things
89
19 Asking the Right Questions
93
20 What Matthew Bennet Wishes
102
21 Another Rehearsal
107
30 What Did You Think Would Happen?
157
31 What Ruby Does
161
32 The End
166
33 What Makes You Safe
169
34 Getting There
172
35 The Hole Shebang
179
36 Constellations
190
Back Matter
196
Back Flap
199
Back Cover
200
Spine
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About the author (2013)

Linda Urban 's debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. She is also the author of Hound Dog True, The Center of Everything, Milo Speck , Accidental Agent, and the chapter book Weekends with Max and His Dad, which received two starred reviews. A former bookseller, she lives in Vermont. www.lindaurbanbooks.com