The Eyes of the Amaryllis Summary
Natalie Babbitt

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The Eyes of the Amaryllis Summary

In The Eyes of the Amaryllis, young Jenny Reade has been sent to an isolated Cape Cod home to care for her grandmother Geneva, who has broken her ankle. Jenny doesn't know her grandmother well and has never before seen the ocean. Years earlier, Jenny's grandfather, a sailor, drowned when his ship sank off the coast in a storm.

Jenny's father, who was never able to come to terms with his own father's death, moved inland as soon as he was old enough. Now, a married man, he has never allowed Jenny to visit her grandmother or the family's ancestral oceanside cottage.

Jenny quickly realizes, however, that a broken ankle is the least of her grandmother's problems. Soon after her arrival, the old woman insists that Jenny accompany her on mysterious, evening scavenger hunts along the wind-swept beaches. Although Geneva's husband has been dead some thirty years, the woman...

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