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Pia's Plans

by (author) Alice Kuipers

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Marriage & Divorce
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Ever since her parents got divorced, Pia has worked hard to make sure everything in her life is Perfect, with a capital P.

But everything keeps going wrong. Pia and her sister get into a fight. She falls down the stairs and hurts her ankle. She spills chocolate milk all over her lucky outfit. She accidentally studied for the wrong test. And her best friend still isn’t speaking to her since she got mad at him for throwing her a surprise birthday party. Now Pia has a big race this afternoon and she’s pretending her ankle is fine. But she has to win the race. She has to!

This short novel is a high-interest, low-reading level book for middle-grade readers who are building reading skills, want a quick read or say they don’t like to read!

About the author

ALICE KUIPERS is the award-winning author of three previous novels, Life On The Refrigerator Door, The Worst Thing She Ever Did and 40 Things I Want To Tell You, and the picture book The Best Ever Bookworm Book by Violet and Victor Small. Her work has been published to critical acclaim in twenty-nine countries. She lives in Saskatoon.


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  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“A solid example of a high-interest low-reading-level book done well. This novel has heart...New enhanced print features, such as a dyslexia-friendly font, increased spacing between words and lines, and cream-coloured paper to minimize contrast, are all effective in improving reading accessibility for striving readers.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“In this realistic fiction title dealing with anxiety and divorced parents at a young age, Pia is an engaging character learning to handle tough situations...A solid purchase for libraries in need of accessible hi-lo titles dealing with serious concerns in a light manner.”

School Library Journal (SLJ)

“Simple vocabulary, short chapters, and quick pacing make this slice-of-life story a great high-interest, low–reading level option for struggling readers.”

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