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Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
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This was the third book I read with my 4th grade book club crew this year, and I am happy to say that all of our book choices were brand new to me as well, which increased greatly the joy of reading with them.

Eleven is the story of Sam, an 11-year-old boy who is a struggling reader. He stumbles upon an old newspaper clipping about him... but can't unravel the mystery behind it without the help of the new girl at school. Caroline is a bookworm who doesn't like to make close friends because her artist dad moves their family around often. Their unique friendship takes center stage for me, more so than the mystery Sam is trying to understand.

Totally a hit for intermediate (4th-6th grade) students. It reassures us that "family" and "home" can take on all kinds of shapes and forms and still make sense to the heart.
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