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Windfall

by Sara Cassidy

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homelessness & poverty, death & dying
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Thirteen-year-old Liza is having trouble coping with the death of a local homeless man when she learns that her family’s apple tree will need to be chopped down. If that wasn’t enough, the new principal at school keeps blocking her attempts for a positive outlet. Mrs. Reynolds refuses permission for every project that GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) proposes. Liza needs to create change in her world, and she may have to do it without seeking permission.

About the Author

Sara Cassidy is the author of over a dozen books for young readers, including The Great Googlini (named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Middle-Grade Books of 2018) and A Boy Named Queen (a Junior Library Guild selection and included on several “Best Books of 2016” lists). Her books have received numerous accolades, starred reviews, and been shortlisted for multiple awards such as the Silver Birch Express, the Chocolate Lily, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, and the Diamond Willow Award. For more information, visit saracassidywriter.com.

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9 to 12
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Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Windfall

Thirteen-year-old Liza lives in Victoria with her mother and two younger brothers. Each day on the way to school, the children pass through a park where a homeless man lives. They always greet him, and sometimes bring him gifts of clothing or food. Then one day Richard is not there. He has died. Liza is sad and angry, and she feels guilty. She chides herself for not doing more. She grapples with questions: why was he homeless? Why didn’t he help himself? In the end, Liza learns that taking positive action is an empowering and effective way to deal with anger and frustration. The theme of death repeats with the demise of an ancient apple tree. Though dealing with difficult subjects, this book will appeal to students, and subplots of friendship, romance and environmental issues further engage the reader.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Windfall (Orca Currents)

Thirteen-year-old Liza is already saddened by the loss of a local homeless man when she learns her family’s apple tree must be chopped down. Attempting to find a positive outlet for her grief, Liza proposes planting a garden at school, but the principal denies her permission. Taking matters in their own hands, Liza and her friends from GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) plant the trees without permission.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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