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Selling Points: "Forgiveness, empathy, friendship"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Nov/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL390L
Fiction Ages 7-9
"Marcus, come meet my cousin Shelley," Kyle called.
Shelley arrives at her aunt and uncle's cottage on Grey Rocks Lake and is excited to see her cousin Kyle. Her excitement quickly turns to disappointed when she discovers Kyle's friend Marcus is staying at the cottage too. Shelley feels left out of the boys' games. Then the fossil she found at the beach goes missing, and she thinks Marcus took it. But when Topper, Kyle's dog, loses her ball, Shelley and Marcus are given an opportunity to become friends.
Marcus walked over slowly. "Hi," he muttered. He looked at Shelley. "How old are you?"
"I'm eight," said Shelley.
"I'm ten," said Marcus. "You're just a kid."
"I am not a kid," Shelley declared. She decided she did not like Marcus very much. She wished he would get back in his car and go home.
GuelphMercury.com - June 7, 2010
"Young readers seven to nine will relate to its messages about friendship and how it feels to be left out."
CM Magazine - January 22, 2010
"Perfect for a young reader...Many readers can put themselves in each character's place and think how they would have felt or reacted in the situation. I think this is a wonderful story for teaching about friendships and feelings. Recommended."
CCBC Best Books, commended
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