Layla, Queen of Hearts
Publication Date: April 27, 2010
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When Layla's school announces a Senior Citizens’ Day, Layla is at a loss. Who can she take? Her friend Griffin Silk offers to share his grandmother, Nell, but Layla desperately wants someone of her own. So Nell introduces Layla to Miss Amelie and a friendship begins. Layla soon learns that Miss Amelie has problems with her memory. Layla is determined to help—and a small but significant miracle occurs in this warm and loving novel about the healing power of friendship.Layla, Queen of Hearts is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Glenda Millard has published many books for young readers in Australia, including her award-winning novels about the Silk family. She lives in Victoria, Australia. Patrice Barton received her B.F.A. in studio art from the University of Texas. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
"The sequel to The Naming of Tishkin Silk (Farrar, 2009), this is a beautifully written tale about how it feels to lose someone you care about, whether the loss is due to death or dementia. Though the subject matter is heavy, Millard maintains an upbeat mood throughout and her poetic descriptions of Layla’s environment show readers that there is beauty and joy to be found in everyday life." -School Library Journal
"The theme running through Millard’s Silk family chronicles is the transformative power of empathy. Emotional balm, the source of inspiration and ideas that nourish and enrich the soul, empathy works its magic on everyone." -Kirkus Reviews