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Destiny's Gift

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Now in paperback, the story of an African American girl who uses her resourcefulness and creativity to help keep her friend's neighborhood bookstore from going out of business

Destiny loves words, and her favourite place in the world is Mrs. Wade's bookstore, where words abound. On Saturdays, Destiny helps Mrs. Wade at the store, and at day's end they relax together, drink

School, 32 pages
Published October 30th 2004 by Lee & Low Books
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Tamara the Librarian
Story about a young girl who loves spending time in a locally owned bookstore and has a close relationship with the owner. The owner struggles to keep the store open and Destiny helps mobilize the community to help out. In the end, it is unclear whether the store will remain open, but the friendship between Destiny and Mrs. Wade will remain.
Sam Grace
About the relationship between a budding writer of a girl and the owner of an African American focused community bookstore. I really liked the ritual of the two drinking tea together, the positive mentoring relationship between community members, the emphasis on community organizing REGARDLESS of the result (and I like that the story ends without you knowing whether the store survived for various reasons), and I appreciated the reminder that stores like that are treasures of the community that w ...more
Hannah Morrison
We used this as a read aloud in our class and I would love to use it in my own class. The author tells a story similar to her life and finding her love of words. I really enjoyed sharing this with my class because we were able to talk about gifts and talents they might have that other people do not, or are unaware of. Destiny makes a special gift for Mrs. Wade in the story, and we talked about what special gifts they could make with their own talents. It definitely opened our students for discus ...more
I read this in my field placement and the children and I loved it. It's a very inspiring story for lovers of reading and writing and encourages students to spend a lot of time with books. This is a good story to read because it helps raise children's awareness for community involvement and the meaning and love of books.
Connie Eberhart
This is a beautiful book about a friendship between a young girl and a local store owner. IT brings out the beauty and importance of the words we choose. This would be an excellent addition to a unit or lesson about manners/caring as well as a great multi cultural book.
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