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Nell's trying to be understanding about her mother's chosen mission, to go halfway around the world to be a peacekeeper, even though she's a single mom and has to leave Nell and her brother with their uncle Martin who doesn't know anything about raising kids. Because little brother "Mikey" has to go to school close to home, Nell has to leave her terrific school for one ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Coteau Books
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Horrible. The book is boring, predictable, and it's just like any other school story of bullies and sorts. The only different thing is the emails from Nellie's mother. I'm 12 and I was forced to read this book in my class. Everybody was disappointed and mad at the book. My teacher bought a whole bunch of copies for us to discuss, read, and for something to write in our journals. I highly don't recommend this book. If you wanna read it to see how bad it is, then go on ahead. The parts in the book ...more
I loved this book. It spoke so eloquently about the junior high bullying and alienation that most of us experienced at one time or another, while drawing parallels to the world at large. The protagonist is likable and sympathetic without being saccharine. Letters from Nell's Bosnian peacekeeping mother bring to life a part of history that was previously a 30 second news clip. Engaging and enjoyable. Highly recommended.