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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 144
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 28/Jan/2020
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
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Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her. Soon Lauren finds herself living a double life as she struggles with the challenges of building new friendships and trying to make it up to Will for not acknowledging him at school. At some point Lauren will have to make a decision. What is more important? Friends or family?

Kirkus Reviews
“Well-intentioned tale of peer pressure and sibling bonds.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Bates, in this novel, raises a number of issues...Readers are witness to what constitutes true friendship. Readers also see how hard it is to navigate middle school. A must read.”

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