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The Year I was Grounded
By author: William New
Selling Points: Telling the truth
Publisher: Tradewind Books
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Pages: 104
Fiction Ages 11-14
Price:  $12.95
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Geordie likes baseball, crunching carrots, playing the trumpet in the school band and anything to do with water. Not quite telling the truth earns: "You're grounded!" Over the year that follows, the world's truths turn out to be more interesting than Geordie ever imagined. Some discoveries are comic, some are exciting, some upsetting, some sad. And some are puzzling. Consisting of word puzzles, a series of poems and a diary, this book will delight young readers and teenagers alike.

William H. New lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. His books have won widespread international recognition and, for his contributions in the field of Canadian writing, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

School Library Journal - August 1, 2009
"A pleasing command of rhythm and imagery."
Booklist - June 1, 2009
"The typesetting and design are of particular note; in many poems the words become the art…Give this to fans of other narrative poetry collections."
Canadian Children's Book News - April 1, 2009
"This funny and poignant work is a delight for casual reading and would make an excellent book for classroom study. Because of its use of a variety of literary techniques and its imaginative page layout, it would be particularly appealing to reluctant readers."
CM Magazine - February 6, 2009
"The whole book is pulled together with fun design and typesetting tricks used to enhance the personal journal motif...the effect is delightful – at once playful and believable...While its brevity and visual appeal make The Year I Was Grounded a good choice for reluctant or struggling readers, the subject matter and language are by no means in the 'light reading' category. This is capital L Literature, make no mistake!... Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - February 1, 2009
"This book will appeal to kids who love word play, and would be a great read-aloud for parents or teachers to share with young readers."



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