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The first time Zoe met Zoe Louise, Zoe was four years old. Zoe Louise was more than 100. From that day on—living in the same house, separated by a staircase and a century—Zoe and Zoe Louise have been an important and permanent part of each other’s lives.
Now Zoe is older. And although Zoe Louise never grows up, she is changing in dreadful, frightening ways. Time is running out for Zoe’s frightening ways. Time is running out for Zoe’s best friend—and Zoe is the only one who can help her. To do so, she must travel back 100 years in time and somehow alter the past. But in changing the past, must she also change the present? If she saves her friend’s life, will she lose Zoe Louise forever? Zoe’s grandparents think that Zoe Louise is Zoe’s imaginary friend. The truth, however, is that Zoe Louise lived in Zoe’s house a century ago, and her ghost has returned to solve a terrible mystery…
The prairie was like a giant plate, stretching all the way to the sky at the edges. And we were like two tiny peas left over from dinner, Lester and me.
Louisa loves the Nebraska prairie, the only home she’s ever known. It’s a lonely place, surrounded by miles of wild, flat grasslands, but it’s the wonderful kind of loneliness that comes of stillness and open sky and oneness with the land. A different kind of beauty enters Louisa’s world when the new doctor and his wife, Emmeline, move to the prairie from New York City. Emmeline is the most beautiful person Louisa has ever seen, and she teaches Louisa to love poetry. But she is also frail and unsuited to pioneer life. Louisa wonders whether Emmeline will ever come to love the prairie as she herself does.