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The Blue Vase
By author: Katarina Jovanovic   Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon
Selling Points: bullying, family life, immigration
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: Oct/15/2015
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 7-10
Price:  $10.95
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Before and after school, while her parents work, Sonia stays with her next-door neighbor, Mrs. Kaminski, and her granddaughter, Marta. When Sonia accidentally breaks Mrs. Kaminski’s precious blue vase, Marta offers to keep it a secret for a price. But Sonia is not able to satisfy Marta’s escalating demands—more gifts and more money—and when Marta spreads lies about Sonia at school, her classmates taunt her. Finally, after a teacher discovers stolen property in Sonia’s knapsack, Sonia is forced to find the courage she needs to confront her bully.

This chapter book for middle-grade readers tackles an issue that needs to be addressed. Schoolteachers, parents and boys and girls alike will find something to talk about in this captivating story by Katarina Jovanovic.


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