The Graves Family by Patricia Polacco


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By Katie Schafer

When The Graves Family moves to Union City, they don't quite fit in. After they paint their house blood red, the only people willing to meet them are Seth and Sarah Miller, the children from across the street. Seth and Sarah see strange things all over the house. Nonetheless, Seth and Sara accept an invitation to come back for dinner. From there the Graves family starts to be invited to more events in town but the strangeness continues with Mrs. Graves at the Garden Club Tea, and Dr. Graves and his hair-growing elixir. Will the Graves family ever fit in and be accepted by the people of Union City?

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