Sadie and Zulu have just moved with their dad and stepmom into an old house in Salt Lake City, UT. They live down the street from Grandma Brooks and next door to Bella and her control-freak mother. While exploring their new home they discover a hidden room in the attic with a journal and the words Palace Beautiful written on the wall. The journal is written by Helen in 1918 and tells the story of her family during the influenza outbreak. The girls set out to discover what happened to Helen and her family since the journal ends abruptly.
This was a wonderful book and well deserving of the Mark Twain nominee. All three of the girls are delightful characters. Sadie grieving for her mom, Zulu throwing tantrums and Belle just wanting to be loved by her mom. I really enjoyed that the story was set in the 1980s but could take place at any time. Helen’s story worked really well intertwined with the girls. Very satisfying ending as well. Definitely recommend.
2012-13 Missouri Mark Twain nominee.