Posts Tagged ‘friendship’

Book Review | The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz
by Laura Toffler-Corrie

Score: 3.0

© 2010, Roaring Brook Press. In an effort to distract Amy from her sadness over losing her best friend to a move to the heartland (Kansas), a caring teacher creates a class assignment involving the diaries of 19th century immigrants. Not only does Amy immerse herself in the project, but she enlists a kind, elderly [...]

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Book Review | mockingbird (mok’ing-bûrd)
by Kathryn Erskine

Score: 3.5

© 2010, Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, USA. Caitlin is in Fifth Grade when her older brother, Devon, is shot and killed during a school shooting.  Caitlin has Asperger’s Syndrome, and Devon was the one person in the world who could help her navigate life’s difficulties and do things “the right way.” Everyone [...]

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Book Review | Marcelo in the Real World
by Francisco X. Stork

Score: 4

© 2009, Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Marcelo Sandoval is 18-years-old and making plans for the summer between his junior and senior year at Paterson High School, a special preparatory school for children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Looking forward to working as the stable man at Paterson, in charge of [...]

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Book Review | Dan and the Mudman
by Jonny Zucker

Score: 3

by Jonny Zucker © 2009, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Dan Bernstein’s family moves to a small town far outside of London, and he faces a number of lifestyle changes. None, however, challenges him as much as the blatant anti-Semitism of the class bully, Steve, or so he thinks. When his class project on long-distance running, [...]

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Book Review | The Legend of Freedom Hill
by Linda Jacobs Altman

Score: 3

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu © 2000, Lee & Low Books. During the Gold Rush of the 1850′s, Rosabel and Sophie are best friends because they are both outsiders in a very small California town.  Rosabel is African American and Sophie is Jewish. Although Rosabel is free and has papers to prove it, [...]

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