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Fiction Ages 10-14
Pages: 128
Themes: Family, pet care, responsibility
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/03/2007
Lexile Level: 670L
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
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Fifteen-year-old Tim loves his job at his dad's pet store, partly because he gets to spend time with his best friend, a black cockatoo named Elmo. But things at work have been tense since the store moved to a larger, more expensive location. To make extra money his father rents out the store's exotic birds for parties and Tim is furious at this exploitation of his friend. When Elmo is stolen from one of the parties, the police are unconcerned about the theft. Tim and his new human friend, Sapna, set out to find Elmo and discover that Elmo is more valuable than they'd ever imagined.

Montreal Gazette - June 2, 2007
"[The] fast-paced plot is sure to pull even the most reluctant of readers along in its wake."
CM Magazine - April 27, 2007

"Polak presents the ethnic mix of a large urban centre in a matter-of-fact-way...The strongest part of Finding Elmo lies in the plot below the surface: the father-son relationship. Recommended."

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CCBC Best Books   | 2008 | Commended

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