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  • My Heart Fills with Happiness
  • Wolf Island

By author: Deb Loughead
Selling Points: "track and field, sprinting, competition, friendship"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 3.9
Pages: 136
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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Maddy doesn't find it easy adjusting to grade nine. The friendships and loyalties she took for granted in middle school are being challenged, and there's so much more competition on her track team now.

Tucson Unified School District - May 23, 2013
"Realistic and well-paced, it should appeal to fans of the Orca Sports series."
Booklist Online - January 8, 2013
"This high-interest, low-reading-level title balances slow pacing with a well-developed story as bullying, theft, and surrounding secrets add challenges for Maddy, her friends, and their entire track team. Loughead explores the importance of friendship, communication, forgiveness, standing up to bullying, truthfulness, and doing the right thing in this timely story, and readers will empathize with the subtle misunderstandings that lead to Maddy's alienation from her old friends, while cheering for her as she tries to set things right."
Resource Links - December 1, 2012
"Loughead has created rich and evocative characters in Maddy, Kat and Shauna. Their struggles are universal and explored with insight."
CM Magazine - October 26, 2012
"Moves at a moderate pace and uses clear, straightforward language...A good read for a student who is not sure what to expect of the transition to high school, or who is experiencing anxiety over the transition, and for those readers interested in reading about sports and athletics."


YALSA Quick Picks nominee, short-listed  US  2013


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