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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 136
Themes: parental abduction, Kinderbuddy programs, babysitting
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2013
Lexile Level: HL580L
Fry Reading Level: 3.7
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Fourteen-year-old Simone is having trouble making friends at her new school when her leadership studies class is paired with kindergarten students to mentor throughout the school year. To her surprise, Simone enjoys the Kinderbuddy Project, and she develops a special friendship with her Kinderbuddy, Lily. But as the bond between Simone and her Kinderbuddy grows, she realizes that a crisis is looming in Lily's family. Simone calls upon Aaron, the reluctant heartthrob of the class, for help, and they become key witnesses to events neither of them could have predicted.

"Teens will identify with Simone’s attempts to make new friends in the unfriendly environment of middle school...Younger readers will enjoy the slight mystery, and the rapid narrative will engage reluctant readers."
School Library Journal
"Spafford-Fitz successfully builds the mood as she gradually reveals more about Lily's family."
"Spafford-Fitz weaves the subplots together effortlessly to create a rich reading experience."
CM Magazine
"A reluctant reader book that should be in libraries."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A fast-paced book that tackles a hard issue in a surprisingly minimal amount of pages. The dialogue adds to the storyline and helps to make the characters endearing...A great story for reluctant readers."


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