Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her.
Soon Lauren finds herself living a double life as she struggles with the challenges of building new friendships and trying to make it up to Will for not acknowledging him at school. At some point Lauren will have to make a decision. What is more important? Friends or family?
About the author
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
- Short-listed, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award
“Well-intentioned tale of peer pressure and sibling bonds.”
“Fast-moving plot, easy to read style and multiple conflicts combine to make this a perfect choice for a reading class discussion on inclusion.”
Must Read Lit: K thru YA
“Bates, in this novel, raises a number of issues...Readers are witness to what constitutes true friendship. Readers also see how hard it is to navigate middle school. A must read.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials