Grace McCleen's debut novel, The Land of Decoration, looks at the world through a unique set of eyes—those of a 10-year-old girl who has created a model of the Promised Land in her bedroom. It's one of our most buzzed-about debuts of 2012 and one of our 30 most anticipated books of 2012.

In our interview with the author, McCleen touches on childhood, everyday miracles and spirituality:

"And there are people these days who believe that miracles still happen. I’m not sure. . . . I could see how something could appear to be a miracle, but also make scientific sense. Now I’m open to many things which I wasn’t when I believed in a single God.”

Check out the book trailer for The Land of Decoration from Holt:

The Land of Decoration is out now! Fans of Emma Donoghue's Room should check it out – will you?

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