R. L. Toalson, Something Maybe Magnificent

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Thirteen-year-old aspiring writer Victoria Reeves remains dedicated to writing in her diary as her reading tastes evolve from Virginia Woolf to Sylvia Plath. She’s growing up—getting the hang of her monthly “visitor,” coming to terms with her relationship with her estranged father, and grappling with her ever-evolving views of womanhood. But the summer brings unexpected bumps along the way when Victoria develops complicated feelings about the cute boy next door and decidedly uncomplicated ones about her mom’s new boyfriend.

To protect her mom—and the family dynamic she’s used to—from this unwanted interloper, Victoria will do what it takes to send him packing. But when she goes too far, Victoria realizes all she’s done is ruin a good thing for her mom. Is it too late to set things right?

Rachel is the author of THE COLORS OF THE RAIN, a middle grade historical novel-in-verse (little bee, 2018) that won the 2020 Arnold Adoff Poetry Honor award for New Voices; THE WOODS, a middle grade magical realism book (little bee, 2019) that was named to the ILA’s Children’s Choices Reading List; THE FIRST MAGNIFICENT SUMMER, an upper middle grade book (Simon & Schuster, 2023) that was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection; and the forthcoming SOMETHING MAYBE MAGNIFICENT, an upper middle grade book (Simon & Schuster, 2024) that’s also a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection. Her kids poetry has been published in print magazines and literary journals around the world. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband and six sons.


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ISBN: 9781665925525
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Published: Aladdin - May 28th, 2024

There’s a new man in her mom’s life, and Victoria is determined to get rid of him—no matter what. Both a standalone novel and a follow up to The First Magnificent Summer, this pitch-perfect middle grade story is destined to become a classic.

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