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Children's Fiction Depression & Mental Illness

Three Good Things

by (author) Lois Peterson

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Nov 2015
Depression & Mental Illness, General, Homelessness & Poverty
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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


Leni has lived in so many different places in the last few years that she’s not surprised when her mom wakes her in the middle of the night and tells her to pack up her things. The reason for this move? Her mom tells her they have won the lottery, and they have to go underground. Leni is still not surprised when they end up in a filthy motel. But when Leni makes a new friend and tries to explain their lifestyle, she begins to understand just how messed-up her life has become.

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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Editorial Reviews

"Like many fiction titles focussing on mental health issues, Three Good Things plays a role in breaking down barriers and starting up conversations around the topic...The story is to be commended for providing a safe place for readers to explore the issue of mental health and build empathy towards others whose full story we often do not know."

CM Magazine

"Peterson keeps this novella punchy and lean, catering to readers who need compelling plot-driven stories. She portrays Leni as tough and savvy but still young and vulnerable, an appealing characterization. An effective, quick, and involving story."

Kirkus Reviews

"Leni is a strong character living a very difficult life...Jake and his family finally provide a touchstone for her, and her mother’s critical illness provides her with a reason to call her grandfather. Readers will learn that there is definitely a time and place to ask for help!"

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"Topics such as homelessness and mental illness are presented in a way that the reader can easily relate to. This would be a good book to enhance a hi-lo collection. Recommended."

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