Three Good Things

  • Pages:144
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Currents
  • Themes:homeschooling, family, moving, schizophrenia, parent with a mental illness
  • Available:11/03/2015
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Reading Level:2
  • Lexile:HL480L
  • ATOS:3.4
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z
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Leni has lived in so many different places in the last few years that she’s not surprised when her mom wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to pack up her things.

The reason for this move? Her mom tells her they have won the lottery, and they have to go underground. Leni is still not surprised when they end up in a filthy motel. But when Leni makes a new friend and tries to explain their lifestyle, she begins to understand just how messed up her life has become.

"Peterson keeps this novella punchy and lean, catering to readers who need compelling plot-driven stories. She portrays Leni as tough and savvy but still young and vulnerable, an appealing characterization. An effective, quick, and involving story."
– Kirkus Reviews
"Like many fiction titles focussing on mental health issues, Three Good Things plays a role in breaking down barriers and starting up conversations around the topic...The story is to be commended for providing a safe place for readers to explore the issue of mental health and build empathy towards others whose full story we often do not know."
– CM Magazine
"Leni is a strong character living a very difficult life...Jake and his family finally provide a touchstone for her, and her mother’s critical illness provides her with a reason to call her grandfather. Readers will learn that there is definitely a time and place to ask for help!"
– Resource Links
"Topics such as homelessness and mental illness are presented in a way that the reader can easily relate to. This would be a good book to enhance a hi-lo collection. Recommended."
– School Library Connection

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