Things Seen from Above

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Sixth grade isn’t an easy time for anyone, but April is having a particularly hard time. Her best friend has changed a lot, but April really hasn’t changed at all. In an effort to escape the sixth-grade drama, she volunteers to be the Bench Buddy, a person whom kids can come to for companionship, during the fourth-grade lunch. Soon after April takes this on, a new volunteer, Veena, a recent immigrant from India and in fifth grade, joins April. They notice a pale boy who keeps to himself, dragging his feet through the woodchips on the playground. But they discover the shy boy, Joey Byrd, is actually making huge pictures that can only be appreciated from above. Everything changes.

Author Shelley Pearsall has found a most interesting set of characters to tell the story of some kids who don’t seem to fit in and one who has an unusual talent. Told in two points of view—April’s and Joey’s—this lovely story will speak to kids who see themselves as living on the fringes and help them to find their own strengths. The writing is beautiful and the story is compelling. Don’t miss this one.

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Author Shelley Pearsall
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2020-02-04
ISBN 9781524717391
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Issue April 2020
Category Tweens


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