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Bestselling and award-winning author Sharon G. Flake delivers a mystery set in the 1950s that eerily blends history, race, culture, and family.

Octobia May is girl filled with questions. Her heart condition makes her special—and, some folks would argue, gives this ten-year-old powers that make her a “wise soul.” Thank goodness for Auntie, who convinces Octobia’s parents to let her live in her boarding house that is filled with old folks. That’s when trouble and excitement and wonder begin. Auntie is nontraditional. She’s unmarried and has plans to purchase other boarding homes and hotels. At a time when children, and especially girls, are “seen, not heard,” Auntie allows Octobia May the freedom and expression of an adult. When Octobia starts to question the folks in her world, a mysterious adventure unfolds that begs some troubling questions: Who is black and who is “passing” for white? What happens when a vibrant African American community must face its own racism? And, perhaps most important: Do vampires really exist?

In her most and probing novel yet, Sharon G. Flake takes us on a heart-pumping journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly realized…An uplifting story that convincingly celebrates the power of perseverance.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Narrator Bahni Turpin perfectly captures ten-year-old Octobia May…Turpin portrays each of the personable boarders, skillfully re-creating men and women—Jewish, black, and white—as independent and distinct individuals…Officer O’Malley is Turpin’s standout character—his accent and personality are pure Irish-American cop! In addition to enjoying an exciting mystery, young listeners will learn about 1950s America. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “This story paints a realistic portrait of life for an African American girl in the 1950s…Octobia and other well-rounded characters were enjoyable and the overall plot was exciting.”

    School Library Journal

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Children's Title (Ages 8–12)
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