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Finding Elmo
By author: Monique Polak
Selling Points: "Family, pet care, responsibility"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Lexile Level: 670L
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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I've come up with a plan," Dad said.

Phew, I thought, relaxing a little. Dad was a smart guy. I should have known he'd come up with a plan. Maybe he wanted to hang a bigger sign outside the store or advertise on the radio.

But it wasn't that at all.

"I've agreed to start renting out the big birds," Dad said. For a second, I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach. What was Dad thinking? "For parties and conventions. It's a good way to bring in extra cash--" Here, he paused for a moment.

"They want Elmo first.

Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store's exotic birds for parties and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new human friend, Sapna, set out to find Elmo and discover that Elmo is more valuable than they'd ever imagined.
Montreal Gazette - June 2, 2007
"[The] fast-paced plot is sure to pull even the most reluctant of readers along in its wake."
CM Magazine - April 27, 2007

"Polak presents the ethnic mix of a large urban centre in a matter-of-fact-way...The strongest part of Finding Elmo lies in the plot below the surface: the father-son relationship. Recommended."


CCBC Best Books , commended  CA  2008


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