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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Natalie Lloyd Narrator: Kate Simses Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9780545910323
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Everyone in Emma’s family is special. Her ancestors include Revolutionary War spies, brilliant scientists, and famous musicians—every single one of which learned of their extraordinary destiny through a dream.

For Emma, her own dream can’t come soon enough. Right before her mother died, Emma promised that she’d do whatever it took to fulfill her destiny, and she doesn’t want to let her mother down.

But when Emma’s dream finally arrives, it points her toward an impossible task—finding a legendary treasure hidden in her town’s cemetery. If Emma fails, she’ll let down generations of extraordinary ancestors—including her own mother. But how can she find something that’s been missing for centuries and might be protected by a mysterious singing ghost?

With her signature blend of lyrical writing, quirky humor, and unforgettable characters, Natalie Lloyd’s The Key to Extraordinary cements her status as one of the most original voices writing for children today.

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  • “Narrator Kate Simses’ portrayal of twelve-year-old Emma is youthful, spunky, and, at times, tinged with the sadness of ‘the Big Empty’… Simses’ southern accents give a sense of Black Bird Hollow and the Boneyard Café…Doing great justice to Lloyd’s colorful descriptions and flights of fancy, Simses skips through unique similes, heightens the tension of the haunted graveyard, and bursts into the songs embedded in the story. Her expression of the magical words and situations is as strong as her voicing of Emma’s confusion about the Destiny Dream that will steer her future. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • * "Kate Simses adds the perfect blend of sass and wonder to Lloyd’s latest, making this a charming addition to any middle grade collection. School Library Journal, starred review
  • “With the help of a small cast of quirky characters and magical flora, Emma finds her true destiny and eases her troubles through the journey. The prose is bubbly and light, with a cheerful, optimistic tone despite some of the seemingly darker elements…This novel will be appreciated by younger middle grade readers who enjoy mysteries with an ample dose of magic and whimsy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Despite ghosts and graves, the story avoids the macabre and instead focuses on the relationships among memory, sadness, and joy, especially as Emma’s still recovering from her mother’s death. The mystery’s as much fun as a treasure hunt should be, and the clues are augmented by magical flowers…A bouquet of quirks, whimsy, sweetness, and magic.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Magic is woven throughout Blackbird Hollow, Tennessee, and Emma and her friends are determined to save it no matter what it takes…Written in first person from Emma’s point-of-view, readers learn about Emma’s family and the remarkable destinies they have had…The novel’s other characters are amazingly colorful and will appeal to young readers with an interest in history and magic.”

    Children’s Literature

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author

Natalie Lloyd lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She collects old books, listens to bluegrass music, and loves exploring quirky mountain towns with her dog. Her novels include A Snicker of Magic.

About the Narrator

Kate Simses is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a film and television actresss best known for her roles in Confessions of a Shopaholic, Puccini for Beginners, and What’s Your Number?