Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing (Julia Gillian Trilogy, #1) by Alison McGhee
Ten-year-old Julia Gillian knows everything about her quirky neighbors, her Minneapolis neighborhood, even the inscrutable "claw machine" in the back of the corner hardware store. The one thing Julia Gillian doesn't know is how the book she's reading is going to end. It doesn't seem as if it's going to have a happy ending, and that scares her. But Julia learns a little something about fear: sometimes you just have to work through it. And though bad things do happen sometimes, having good friends and family around you makes life a bit less scary - and much more fun.
Dog Gone note: Book 2 is also available for purchase. Just but in the author's name in the "Search" function. This book is in excellent condition.