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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: Learning disabilities, ethics, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2008
Lexile Level: HL530L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
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At first Kaz intends to help the old lady who's fallen in the park. But then he starts thinking about how he never gets what he wants. The next thing he knows, he's running away with her purse. The purse contains only five dollars and a battered watch. When Kaz learns who the old woman is and where the watch came from, he begins to understand consequences in a new way.

CM Magazine - February 6, 2009
"A well-rounded story that includes many issues and emotions to which students can easily relate...The story is one that is very close to the lives of the many members of its reading audience: it is a story of frustration and difference; it is about being fed up and snapping...Highly Recommended."
Resource Links - December 1, 2008
"McClintock...delivers another winner for the reluctant teen reader."
Tucson Unified School District - November 1, 2008
"Highly recommended."

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CCBC Best Books  | 2010 | Commended

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