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A Library of Lemons
A Library of Lemons

A Library of Lemons


192 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, (CA $13.99)

Publication Date: October 2016

ISBN 9781848125117

Rights: CA

Bonnier Books UK (Oct 2016)
Piccadilly Press

Available from local and national retailers throughout the US.


A poignant story about dealing with grief through the magic of reading and friendship

Calypso's mom died a few years ago and her emotionally incompetent Dad can't, or won't, talk about Mom at all. Instead he throws himself into writing his History of the Lemon. Meanwhile, the house is dusty, there's never any food in the fridge, and Calypso's grief has made her retreat from everyone and everything into a world of books. When a new girl, Mae, arrives at school, the girls' shared love of reading and writing stories draws them close. Mae's friendship and her lively and chaotic house—where people argue and hug each other—makes Calypso feel more normal, and more wanted, than she has for a long time. But when Calypso finally plucks up the courage to invite Mae over to her house, things go unexpectedly, disastrously wrong as she discovers a shocking truth about her Dad, and his magnum opus. A poignant story about the magic of reading and friendship.


"A story of great warmth and emotional wisdom." —Linda Newbery, author, Posy

Author Biography

Jo Cotterill has published more than 20 books, including the Sweet Hearts series.