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Getting the Brush Off
By author: Mere Joyce
Selling Points: visual arts, competition, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/14/2017
Fry Reading Level: 4.4
Pages: 120
Fiction Ages 11-14
Price:  $9.95
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Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn't want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke's rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax's boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a "brush-off" speed-painting contest with a cash prize. Entering would mean facing her painful past, not to mention her former friend, who's also competing.
Kirkus Reviews - July 28, 2017
"A feel-good story with a tidy, happy ending."


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