FollettBound Glued Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), 2014
Price: USD 17.51
Description: 378 pages ; 20 cm
Dewey: -Fic-; Audience: Middle School; Reading Level: 5.3
AR 5.6 MG 10 160220EN; RC 4.7 16; LEX 770L; GR Z; F&P X
From the publisher: Grades 5-9; Ages 10-14
From Booklist: Grades 7-10; Kirkus: Ages 10-14; PW: Ages 10-up; SLJ: Gr 5-8


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Product Overview
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Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication Date: September 16, 2014
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Dewey: -Fic-
  • Classifications: Fiction
  • Description: 378 pages ; 20 cm
  • ISBN-10: 1-48984-562-3 (originally 0-14-242286-X)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-48984-562-7 (originally 978-0-14-242286-1)
  • Follett Number: 0899BS2
  • Reading Level: 5.3
  • Audience: Middle School
  • Grades: 5-9
  • Ages: 10-14
  • Booklist: Grades 7-10
  • Kirkus: Ages 10-14
  • Publishers Weekly: Ages 10-up
  • School Library Journal: Gr 5-8
  • ATOS Book Level: 5.6
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 10
  • AR Quiz: 160220EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 4.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 16
  • Lexile: 770L
  • Guided Reading Level: Z
  • Fountas & Pinnell: X

Reviews & Awards
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2014
  • AudioFile, 11/01/13 *
  • Booklist starred, 08/01/13
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred, 09/01/13
  • Horn Book Magazine, 04/01/14

* Taken from another format.

  • Horn Book Magazine starred, 09/01/13
  • Library Media Connection, 03/01/14
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 01/27/14 *
  • School Library Journal starred, 09/01/13
  • School Library Journal starred, 02/01/14 *

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist starred (August 2013 (Vol. 109, No. 22))
Grades 7-10. In a voice that is frank, charming, and delightfully odd, Willow Chance narrates the strange and heartbreaking circumstances that lead her to find an offbeat, patchwork quilt of a family. As an adopted, self-identified “person of color,” precocious genius Willow unabashedly knows that she is different, but her parents love and support her idiosyncrasies, such as wearing her gardening outfit to school, her preoccupation with disease, her anthropological curiosity about her peers, and her obsession with the number seven. That self-assuredness shines through Willow’s narrative and becomes crucial to her survival after the unexpected death of her parents, which makes Willow a prime candidate for life in a group home—an environment that could be disastrous for an unusual child like her. Luckily, she finds new friends who are compelled to protect her: Mai and her family, who live in the garage behind the nail salon they own, and Willow’s slouch of a guidance counselor, Dell. Sloan (I’ll Be There, 2011) has masterfully created a graceful, meaningful tale featuring a cast of charming, well-rounded characters who learn sweet—but never cloying—lessons about resourcefulness, community, and true resilience in the face of loss.

Taken from the Hardcover.

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