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Flower Power
By author: Ann Walsh
Selling Points: Family, activism
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Lexile Level: HL600L
Fry Reading Level: 3.5
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 10-14
Price:  $9.95
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Why did everyone keep asking me how I felt? How did they expect me to feel? I felt rotten. I felt worried. I felt scared.

Scared about her falling and hurting herself.

And very very scared about what my friends would say when they found out what was going on.

How did I feel? What a dumb question.

Callie's mother has chained herself to the neighbor's tree and is living inside the treehouse. She refuses to come down until the neighbor, Mr. Wilson, agrees to leave the tree standing. Soon reporters arrive to interview Callie about her mother's protest. Callie doesn’t want to talk to anyone. More chaos ensues when Callie's grandmother invites the "singing grannies" to help save the tree, the neighbor's biker friends come to her aid, and Callie's friends show up to try to get themselves on TV. Callie needs to figure out how to get her mother to come down from the tree so that her life can return to normal.
Canadian Book Review Annual - June 15, 2008
"An amusing and engaging novel...Recommended."
CM Magazine - April 14, 2006
"This humourous and inventive story is full of wit."
Resource Links - January 1, 2006
"The storyline is fast-paced and interesting while being written at a readability level which will appeal to those who struggle with reading."
Canadian Children's Book News - September 1, 2005
"By dealing with issues such as activism, environmentalism and conflict resolution, Ann Walsh has crafted a thoughtful novel that will appeal to readers both younger and older than its intended age group."


CCBC Our Choice, commended  CA  2006
Chocolate Lily nominee, short-listed  CA  2007


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