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Trophy Kid by Steve Atinsky
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Feb 06, 09

Read in February, 2009

Story of a boy born in Yugoslavia who figured prominently in an iconic photograph of the war. After he was rescued, celebrity actors paid millions of dollars to adopt him, so he considers himself the trophy kid.

The hook and set up is nice, will be easy to booktalk, but my adult eyes got a little annoyed with the voice of the kid. I'm having a hard time articulating the issue, but there are a lot of "I couldn't help but notice..." and "I had to admit..." - a lot of statements that I can't see a real thirteen admitting, even in print. There was also a little bleed in perspective - we could occasionally hear what the other characters were intending. Also, a lot of modifying adjectives. The boy seemed a little too self-aware. And of course, the ending is WAY too pat. But it's a solid 5th/6th grade booktalk. And it really wasn't nearly as bad as I'm sure you think after reading that. :)
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