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Children's Fiction Depression & Mental Illness

Meeting Miss 405

by (author) Lois Peterson

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Category
Depression & Mental Illness, Friendship, New Experience
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554690152
    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
    $7.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554696710
    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
    List Price
    $5.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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

Description

Life is hard enough for Tansy with her depressed mom away indefinitely and her dad making a mess of things at home. But then Dad sends her down the hall to a wrinkly old babysitter named Miss Stella, who Tansy hates on sight. Miss Stella has a unique perspective on life, to say the least, but with the help of her best friend Parveen, Tansy gradually learns to manage all the changes in her life and make unexpected new friends in the process.

About the author

Lois Peterson wrote short stories and articles for adults for twenty years before turning to writing for kids. She was bornin England and has lived in Iraq, France and the United States. Recently retired from her job as a librarian, she now lives in Surrey, British Columbia, where she writes, reads and teaches creative writing to adults, teens and children. Lois is the author of several books for children and youth, including Beyond Repair in the Orca Currents series.

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Awards

  • Short-listed, SYRCA Diamond Willow Award nominee
  • Winner, Chocolate Lily
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection

Excerpt: Meeting Miss 405 (by (author) Lois Peterson)

Sardines and wine gums do not go together. But I eat them all, and I drink the milk. Then I sit still for a bit until the sick feeling goes. When I tell Dad what I had for a snack, he will not let Miss Stella babysit me anymore.

Editorial Reviews

"Excellent...This book would make a good class set."

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Peterson manages to blend aspects of forming friendships with the most unexpected people and finding hope and strength within ourselves...A delight to read and highly recommended."

Resource Links

"Recommended."

Tucson Unified School District

"Top notch... This is a wise purchase for a library that will make a good read-a-loud and will entertain the adult reading the book as well as the children listening. "

Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media

"Full of thought-provoking issues, this was a novel I fully enjoyed."

The Reading Zone blog

"A beautifully told tale that tackles some heavy topics...No condescending, oversimplified pabulum here."

The Now Newspaper

"There are several storylines and themes that are skillfully intertwined in this novel... [and] the character of quirky Miss Stella is particularly unique and appealing."

CM Magazine

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