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Bright Shining Moment

by Deb Loughead

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published: Sep 2018
ISBN:9781772600728
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Aline hides under the hay when her father takes her to school in their horse-drawn sled. She’s embarrassed that her mother raises chickens in their yard, and doesn’t want her school friends to find out that their family has taken in boarders for the extra money. When she learns that her sworn enemy, Jeanine, can buy chewing gum, Aline is furious at the unfairness. She knows that Jeanine’s family is even poorer than her own. When Aline’s mother can’t spare any money for a charity drive at school, Aline decides to steal a coin from her purse. She quickly feels terrible. But how can she confess? Aline comes to realize that life is more complicated than she thought. A ten-cent coin can cost you more in unhappiness than you ever imagined, a sworn enemy can become a friend, and the hard times make the bright and shining moments glow even brighter.

About the Author
Deb Loughead is the author of more than forty books for children and young adults. Her books have been translated into seven languages, and her award-winning poetry and adult fiction have appeared in a variety of Canadian publications. Deb has conducted workshops and held readings at schools, festivals and conferences across the country. She lives in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit www.debloughead.ca.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 13

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Tender tale of tough times

I love this book! It has a Brian Doyle-meets-Laura Ingalls feel to it. Deb Loughead, an accomplished writer of many internationally published novels, through the eyes of 12 year-old Ailine Sauriol gives us a beautiful retro-feel photograph of family life in the Ottawa Valley during the post depression, early WWII era. Times may seem simpler, more innocent, but poverty and lack of social welfare can turn illness into anguish. Small genuine details of how people stretched pennies and survived will prove fascinating to readers but ultimately it is the character of Ailine that will enchant. Family, whether it includes 13 children or only one, can soften the blow of outrageous fortune as long as we truly love.

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