Sunday, May 1, 2011

Firegirl by Tony Abbott

Not a Newbery book, however it is a winner of the Golden Kite Award.

There is...," Mrs. Tracy was saying quietly, "there is something you need to know about Jessica..."

From this moment on, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh grade classmates. Despite Jessica's shocking appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life. Firegirl is a powerful book that shows readers that even the smallest of gestures can have a profound impact on someone's life."

I agree with the above - It is a book that shows children that the smallest things can make the biggest differences. Like in this case, where Jessica had been ignored by everyone, or jeered at - but Tom took the time to REALLY talk to her, and made her finally feel good about herself. I will be passing this one on to my kids with a lesson about being nice to everyone, no matter their circumstance.

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