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Nearly every little girl dreams of being a princess and living in her very own castle. Garden Irene McGeeny might be one of the few who actually lives in a majestic estate. Skating in a personal ice rink, living under yellow and purple turrets, having a waterfall right outside your window—these are just a few comforts of Garden Irene’s enchanting underground home.

But the realities of living in a fairytale abode can be more of a problem than a dream come true. The McGeenys live a quiet life; their home is a family secret to keep unwanted visitors and curious gawkers at bay . . . and they want to keep it that way.

Garden Irene knows she isn’t supposed to talk about the castle, per se, but when her social studies class is discussing different types of houses, she just can’t help but share her own. Garden Irene blurts out to the entire class that she lives in a castle, and now she’s in a double bind; she either has to lie to her classmates or break her parents’ trust.

The pertinacious Peter Pranston isn’t going to let Garden Irene off the hook, either. He’s seen where she lives, and it certainly doesn’t look like a castle. Poor Garden Irene’s problems only get bigger when Peter Pranston follows her home from school one day.

Now, Garden Irene has even more to worry about! Should she show Peter her majestic castle? Garden Irene has to make a choice, and fast.

The Enchanting World of Garden Irene McGeeny will not only open children’s imaginations as they discover the magic and beauty in Concetta Kennedy’s story, but it will also teach them about integrity, honesty, and respect as Garden Irene works out her sticky situation.

Below, you can peek into this book releasing in paperback, hardcover, and eBook on November 2, 2012. You can also preorder the book in both paperback and hardcover through BQB Publishing’s online store.

When Peter reached the bottom of the hill, he gave a long wave, as if he was aboard a ship and leaving Garden Irene forever. She smiled at his gesture, and gave him her American flag “waving in the wind” return wave.

It was evident that the McGeeny hunters had a clear view of each other, from either the tree-stand or the stoop of her house in the valley. And by now Garden Irene realized that Peter’s wave had become an insistent “come on down and join me” motion.

With this, she began her long walk to join Peter. So far, nothing had been difficult, but once she reached him, she didn’t know what she was going to do.

She maintained a rather slow pace, and it was evident that Peter did not appreciate this deliberate snail-crawling speed. She could hear him yelling, “Come on, Garden Irene! We don’t have all day!”

About midway she heard him call, “Why are you being so slow?”

She yelled back that she was tired, and that walking slowly took care of this sudden ailment. However, in her mind, she didn’t know what she was going to do about Peter. Now that he had skipped school with her, and he really was her best friend, she didn’t know whether to take him and show him the truth about her home or tell him once again to go back to school. All she could think about was the promise she had made to her parents.

She finally reached Peter, now in what appeared to be a calm manner, although in her diary she would have entered that she was confused and scared about what to do next. They had arrived at Garden Irene’s itty bitty house.

She had no choice; no words would ever convince Peter after he had risked his neck by missing school. Considering that he had walked this far, it would be unreasonable to think that he would not be invited into her home.

The underground castle.

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