Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category


Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 192
Themes: friendship, storytelling, overcoming your past
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2015
Bookmark and Share
After years of being passed around to various relatives, Cassandra Jovanovich has found a home where she feels she belongs. All she wants to do is forget her past and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. But her new friend, Leanna Mets, "the most annoying person she has ever met," wants to know how Cassandra became an orphan, and encourages her to write her story. Cassandra’s memories reveal how the death of her grandmother and the cruelty of the other adults in her life turned her into the distrustful, secretive twelve-year-old she is. But with friendship and the courage to continue her dream of acting, Cassandra might find a way to connect the dots in her life back together.

Recently Read blog
Spirited, inquisitive and quirky, “almost twelve-year old” Cassandra Jovanovich, exhibits such a fearlessness that despite all odds, the reader cannot help but admire...
Quill & Quire
Sharon Jennings holds nothing back in her depiction of Cassandra Jovanovich... Cassie is a convincingly resilient character.
Resource Links
... a well written book that keeps the reader engaged... Cassie’s character teaches empowerment through owning the experiences that have happened to her and making it into something she can use.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
The continuing storyline of Cassie proves she is a 'Gutsy Girl'...
Children's Books Heal
The plot [of Connecting Dots] is strong, honest, tough and clever, with many twists and turns.  When you finish, you’ll want to cheer Cassandra for connecting the dots in her life.

Awards

Red Cedar Book Award B.C.'s Young Readers' Choice Award | 2017 | Short-listed

Resources for Teachers:

Orca Book Publishers produces a number of tools and resources to help teachers, librarians, reading specialists and other education professionals enrich the teaching and learning experience.

Please visit our Teacher Resources page to access and download materials.

Classroom Materials:

Free Teacher Guides

Digital Subscriptions

Resource Websites

Research and Support Materials:

Common Core

Reading Levels


You might also be interested in: