149 days ago,Mimi's Mom died. Everyone's given up. Dad keeps burning pizzas, and he doesn't smile anymore. Sally only wears black and has a terrible secret. Conor plays the drums all night and keeps the neighbors awake. And the dog, Sparkler, hasn't been walked in months. And that's not even counting how terrible things are at school (when Mimi finally gets there, very late each day).
It's 1933, and twelve-year-old Rachel's family doesn't have two nickels to rub together.
Rachel lives in the city with Pop and her younger brother and sister, Joey and Cassie. Rachel's mother died long ago, but the family has a special friend in Miss Mitzi at the flower shop, and they know everyone on their block.
Because their parents have gone to Paris for a week and their usual sitter is not feeling well, Melissa, Amanda, and Pee Wee are being taken care of by their father's sister from Canada. It turns out that Aunt Sally is full of fascinating stories about her and their father growing up on Vancouver Island. Pee Wee, Amanda and Melissa are captivated by the eccentric characters Aunt Sally brings to life, particularly the trolls, who changed Aunt Sally's family forever.
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"Olive Barstow was dead. She'd been hit by a car on Monroe Street while riding her bicycle weeks ago. That was about all Martha knew."
Martha Boyle and Olive Barstow could have been friends. But they weren't---and now all that is left are eerie connections between two girls who were in the same grade at school and who both kept the same secret without knowing it.
Now Martha can't stop thinking about Olive. A family summer on Cape Cod should help banish those thoughts; instead, they seep in everywhere.