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Invisible Lines by Mary Amato
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Jun 21, 10

bookshelves: bullying, friendship, multicultural, realistic-fiction, favorites
Read in June, 2010

7th grader Trevor Musgrove is a talented artist and soccer player but he has plenty of obstacles to overcome, including poverty, a dad in jail, a recent move to a run-down housing development, and two younger siblings who require his care while his single mother is at work. At a new school he ends up being bullied by an elitist classmate who is threatened by Trevor's successes. The story effectively tackles lots of social issues, while remaining an enjoyable, quick read. Trevor is a very engaging, resilient character. A good choice for students who may not appreciate what it's like to live "on the other side of the tracks." I loved the messages about friendship, hope, family ties and human connectedness that Mary Amato weaves into the story using mushrooms as a metaphor!
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