The Midnight Children
Ravani is so tired of being unworthy of friendship. When he spies several children arriving at the empty house across the street in the dark of night, he is intrigued… and hopeful. He meets Virginia, a girl his age who seems to be scared of nothing, not even Donnie, the local bully, and sincerely wants to be Rav’s friend. The two become almost inseparable, learning to catch frogs and stay out of trouble.
However, the kids are hiding secrets that might explain why there are no adults at the house, why they have no furniture and few belongings, and why there might be someone hunting them, someone who will find them and ruin their hard-won independence and the ties they call family. Rav may have been weak in the past, but now he has someone else who needs his strength, and he will come through, one way or another.
Mystery, adventure, and friendship are all contained in this little package wrapped up as a book, and it would be a gift for any reader. Rav’s fears and dreams are as real as rain, and his growth over time a cause for celebration. This is quite simply another gem from a great author.
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