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Ready or Not

Published: August 29, 2023
Publisher: Young Dragons
Imprint: Middle Grade Fiction

Author:  Laura Segal Stegman

Illustrator: Victoria Marble

Genres: Children's, Fantasy

Tags: children's bookschildren's fantasy booksfairy talesmiddle gradenature


With his summer headed downhill fast, thirteen-year-old Justin faces a tricky choice—stand up to bigotry or let fear hold him back. When he’s targeted by a bully, and a good friend stops speaking to him, Justin counts on help from Leroy Usher, the ghost whose magical carnival helped transform Justin’s life after his father died last year. So this should be a breeze, right?

His expectations rise further when a mysterious message from Mr. Usher invites him and pals Darby and Naz for a midnight visit. Instead of a reunion, though, the kids find themselves transported through time to unravel a mystery that tore Mr. Usher’s family apart. As Justin digs for the truth, he discovers that Mr. Usher faced challenges during his lifetime with courage… and without magic. But if courage is what it takes, Justin must learn to do what’s right when everything’s wrong.

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