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Almost a Hero
by John Neufeld
When Ben is assigned to volunteer at a daycare facility for homeless families during spring break, he discovers that working with the kids at Sidewalk's End is rewarding. Then Ben witnesses what he thinks is physical abuse of Batista, one of the center's children, and is frustrated when the system doesn't react quicky with help. After another of the center's children dies, ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Aladdin Paperbacks
(first published 1995)
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I downloaded this audio book through the library of congress. I was a little disappointed when I saw it listed for grades 4 to 7, but after reading it, I'd say more like grades 6 to 8. The death in the book is barely explained, so despite its grusome nature, there's no details to make it worse. I liked the book, but it ends without resolving a few things, centers around the most oblivious and occasionally the most ignorant character I've read in a bit. It's a good story all in all, but there's s ...more