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Windfall

by Sara Cassidy

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homelessness & poverty, death & dying
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Life is full of challenges for thirteen-year-old Liza. She is already 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 by refusing permission for every project that GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and BRRR! (Boys for Renewable Resources, Really!) proposes. Liza starts to feel like she needs to create change in her world without seeking permission. When she chooses the school grounds as the site for her latest endeavor, she may have gone too far.

About the Author
Sara Cassidy has worked as a youth-hostel manager, a newspaper reporter and a tree planter, in five Canadian provinces. Her books have been short-listed for the Chocolate Lily Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature and the Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize, and two were Junior Library Guild selections. Her poetry, fiction and nonfiction for adults have been widely published. For more information, visit saracassidywriter.com.
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Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
5 to 9
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10 to 14

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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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