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Children's Fiction Art & Architecture

Getting the Brush Off

by (author) Mere Joyce

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2017
Category
Art & Architecture, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459813588
    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459813601
    Publish Date
    Nov 2017
    List Price
    $0.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Sydney Hart was kicked out of the prestigious Burke Academy when her mother could no longer afford the tuition. She lost a promising future in the arts, as well as her best friend, who didn't want to be seen with an art-academy reject. But now, without Burke's rigid structure, Sydney has found her true passion in performance painting and is busking on Halifax's boardwalk to earn enough money to go to art camp. After the police shut her down, Sydney learns her old school is hosting a "brush-off" speed-painting contest with a cash prize. Entering would mean facing her painful past, not to mention her former friend, who's also competing.

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Editorial Reviews

Joyce creates a protagonist that you care about and that eases some disappointment. The message comes through loud and clear that one must challenge expectations and be true to one's own dreams and goals even in the face of outside pressure to do otherwise. Getting the Brush Off would be a solid addition to any library collection in need of high-interest low-vocabulary selections.

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"A feel-good story with a tidy, happy ending."

Kirkus Reviews

"When I grab an Orca title, I expect a few things: fast pace, interesting storyline, clear writing, good message, and an overall quick read. Getting the Brush Off delivers on all these, and I look forward to adding it to my school library's collection. Highly Recommended."

CM Magazine

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