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The Secret Spiral

The Secret Spiral

For Ages: 8 - 12
A ten-year-old is tasked with saving the world in this adventure novel that is “captivating, satsisfying, and thrilling at the same time” (Children’s Literature ).

It’s just another boring Wednesday in May for ten-year-old Flor Bernoulli of Brooklyn, New York. But it turns out to be a day like no other: She finds a mysterious key that gives her special superpowers, takes a journey across the ocean and through the Milky Way, and even meets her long-lost father.

It all starts when her favorite neighborhood baker, the mysterious Dr. Pi, reveals that he is an ancient wizard, in charge of every single thing in the world that has the shape of a spiral—from seashells to galaxies to the inside of your ear. He needs her help to save the spiral from two strangers who have come to steal its power and destroy it. And so begins the magical adventure of a lifetime, where Flor learns that only she has the magic to keep the world spinning just as it should.
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  • Aladdin | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416980414 | 
  • January 2013 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $6.99

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Chapter 1
Introducing Flor the Pie Girl, Dr. Pi, and Mrs. Plump


It was a Wednesday in May when Flor’s life changed forever. That was when the world she knew collapsed—her familiar, ho-hum, humdrum, oh-so-comfy world in Brooklyn Heights, New York, in the rooftop apartment she shared with a proud white cat named Libenits and her mother, a fashion photographer. That was the day she learned that life was way wackier than anyone could ever have guessed. That was the time she peeked around the curve of time itself, and a hat took her on a flight, and she had breakfast in Paris, and she even raised a man from the dead. And... see more

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About the Author

Gillian Neimark
Photograph by Jesse Porter

Gillian Neimark

Gillian Neimark is the author of The Secret Spiral and The Golden Rectangle, and a nom de plume for writer Jill Neimark, who is also the author of the highly acclaimed Bloodsong as well as Why Good Things Happen to Good People.Additionally, she is the coauthor of I Want Your Moo, a picture book that won a Teacher’s Choice Award for Children’s Books.

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