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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 152
Themes: JFK assassination, grief, friendship, family
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2013
Lexile Level: 600L
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It's 1963, and Jack's family is still reeling from the SIDS death of his baby sister. Adrift in his own life, Jack is convinced that setting a world record will bring his father back to his senses and his mother back to life. But world events, including President Kennedy's assassination, threaten to overshadow any record Jack tries to beat—from sausage eating to face slapping. Nothing works, and Jack is about to give up when a new friend suggests a different approach that involves listening to, not breaking, records.

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