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Because of the Rabbit

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  59 reviews
On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.

The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma w
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Scholastic Press
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Get yourself a copy of this book and you'll see why I think Cynthia Lord is one of the most talented middle grade writers out there today. She takes seeds from her real life and creates stories that shine a light on the human experience, especially for those who aren't normally in the spotlight. Emma wants to go to "real school" (she's been homeschooled). She's lonely now that her older brother is going to highschool and doesn't have as much time for her anymore. On the eve of the first day she ...more
Michele Knott
Cynthia Lord writes every word so perfectly and leaves me thinking about her books long after I close the pages. This one is no exception.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emma is getting ready to start her first day of public school after being homeschooled with her older brother all her life. When her brother Owen started at the high school the previous year, Emma missed their time together and longed to have the chance to make friends of her own. Now she is about to enter 5th grade and is both excited and scared. Emma’s family live in Maine, where her father is a Game Warden, and on the last day of summer vacation he is called to rescue a rabbit stuck in a fenc ...more
M. L. Little
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner: #BecauseoftheRabbit by @cynthialord_author and @scholasticinc. On-sale March 26, 2019.
Before I start this review, let me get a mini rant off my chest. I was homeschooled. PreK-12th grade, baby. And while it might sound dumb, I got frustrated growing up because I never found myself represented in kid’s literature. Even in that rare book with a homeschooled character, the plot revolved around the character starting “real school” for the first time. There was never a kid
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
@kidlitexchange #partner

I adored this middle grade book! Emma's dad is a game warden who is called out to rescue a rabbit, which turns out to be a pet rabbit. After keeping it for one night, Emma falls in love. She is also starting her first year at a public school, fifth grade. I loved the raw feelings she has towards starting school and growing up.

Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Emma has a lot of feelings going into public school after being homeschooled all her life. She's worried she is going to say the wrong thing and not make any friends. The night before her first day, her she and her father rescue a domesticated rabbit, who captures Emma's heart. A lot goes into this little book; her changing family, her friendships with other kids, and learning what it means to be a good friend herself. Lapi, her new cherished rabbit, helps her hop through the all growing pains o ...more
Melody Riggs
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really well-written story of a girl named Emma who is transitioning from being homeschooled to public school. The story follows her first week as she tries to make friends with some of the girls in her class, but an autistic boy named Jack ends up being the friend who latches onto her. In the midst of all of this, Emma also helps her dad rescue a rabbit who gets stuck in a fence. The rabbit is domesticated, but it's owners can't be found, so Emma is hoping she can can keep him. It's th ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about a game warden’s daughter in NW Maine. She begins fostering a lost rabbit and public school all at the same time. It is a wonderful story of discovery and friendship. Life isn’t easy but determination is the key.
{My thoughts} – Cynthia Lord has done it again. She is a brilliant writer when it comes to stories that include animals. I have read her Pet Squad Series in the past and loved it. When I saw this book was coming out I just had to have it. I am definitely not disappointed.

Emma is a sweet girl that has been home-schooled her entire life. Now she is about to start the 5th grade and has decided that she would rather go to a real school. The night before her first day of school her dad and her rescue
Ms. Yingling
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus
Emma's father is a game warden, and when she accompanies him on a rabbit rescue, she falls in love with the adorable honey colored rabbit they find. It's not a wild rabbit, and the local shelter has not had anyone searching for an animal that matches the description, so Emma keeps Lapi. The name is short for Monsieur Lapin, the name of a character in stories that her grandfather had told her. Emma has always been homeschooled, but is starting public school for the first
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
Emma is about to start public school for the first time as a fifth grader after being home schooled. On the evening before her first day of school, her father, a game warden, gets a call about a rabbit stuck in someone’s fence. Emma goes with her father on the call and discovers that it’s not a wild rabbit after all, but a domesticated bunny. Emma and her father take the bunny home and plan to turn it over to a shelter the next day. Then Emma must start school where she has plans to find the per ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Emma is a fifth grader, and this will be her first day of school after years of homeschooling with her mother and older brother. She is excited and scared—sometimes more one, sometimes the other. But she is especially looking forward to finding a best friend; she has even made a Best Friend Checklist. “I really wanted to be half of an ‘and,’ like you see in books.” (14)

The night before her first day she and her father, a game warden, rescue a bunny, and she brings him home, naming him Monsieur L
Stephanie Bange
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Those looking for friendship and animal lovers will gobble this nicely-paced story up!

Emma has decided she wants to attend public school like her older brother. This is a big change for the fifth grader who has been homeschooled. She sets her expectations for the first day very high, wanting to make friends and be accepted for who she is, only to have them not come to fruition as she planned. Her consolation is to go home and pet the little rabbit that Emma and her father had rescued, then take
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover of Cynthia Lord's new book is sheer genius and that alone is going to make this book hop right off the shelves! But there is much more than a cover here that kids are going to love.

Emma has been homeschooled and now that her adored older brother is going to public high school, she is lonely and makes the big decision to start 5th grade at the local public school. She especially yearns to make a best friend and one of the things I appreciated most about this charming book is the depict
Nannette Demmler
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quiet and short book about loneliness, making friends and doing what is right.

Emma is another young lady at the beginning of starting something new. She has great relationships with every member of her family, who are very supportive of her. Owen, her much older brother, is especially supportive and understanding of what she is going through. Their relationship was very sweet and endearing.

Emma is very nervous about attending public school and her trials and tribulations about navigating thi
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book from our bookfair at school today and read it tonight. Obviously I’m older than the target audience or reading level as the parent who bought it but I adored this story. It takes place in the first week of fifth grade for a new student who has mixed feelings about attending public school for the first time. Longing to make friends, perhaps even a best friend, she wants everything to go just right and tries hard to make sure it does.

Of course it’s school and kids are sometim
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grades
I received an ARC from Scholastic.
Emma has been homeschooled for all of elementary level but decides to try public school for fifth grade. This story takes place during the first week of this new experience.
She's excited and scared to go; all she wants is a new best friend. Her brother, Owen, is busy in high school and doesn't have as much time with her. She meets Jack on the first day but is concerned as he is "different" and does not fit in.
The night before school she and her game warden fathe
Melanie Dulaney
Cynthia Lord has a knack for warming the hearts of her readers and presenting encouragement and life lessons to middle grade kids, but enmeshed so,skillfully in a good story that many are likely to be unaware of what she is doing! In “Because of the Rabbit,” Lord gives us Emma, homeschooled until this, her fifth grade year, and Jack, an autistic boy in her class, plus a host of other classmates, an older brother, a game warden father, and an adorable bunny. Emma wants to make friends but is havi ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma decides to try going to public school for the first time. It's not that she didn't like homeschooling, but since her older brother started high school, homeschooling had gotten lonely. The night before her first day of 5th grade, Emma and her dad rescue a pet bunny that was stuck in a fence. Emma immediately loves the little rabbit and convinces her parents to let her keep it at least until the owners can be found. Her first day of school is as hard as she thought it might be. Finding a fri ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars. I seem to be on a rabbit theme this month. This one, however, goes in the "enjoyed it" column. It had many of the things I like reading about in kidlit: a spunky girl main character (also the narrator here), a character "on the spectrum", animals, friendship, family, and even sibling relationships. Lord has personal experiences with several of these themes and it shows. I got a kick out of the rabbit factoids at the beginning of each chapter and how they reflected what happened in that ...more
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I adore Cynthia Lord, but this one seemed really short---like, short-story short. There just wasn't enough character or plot development for me to really engage.

I loved watching Emma maneuver the homeschool-to-public-school journey, but I just wanted so much more. Her friendship challenges and "finding herself" moments seem too short and are wrapped up too easily. I would have also liked to see her and Owen's sibling rel
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
The night before school begins, Emma helps rescue a small rabbit after it gets caught in a fence. His soft fur and trusting gaze is all she needs to feel a little bit more ready to begin 5th grade; after all, she's only been home schooled before and public school is a huge step! Nothing goes as planned as she discovers making friends is hard, especially when she's the only new one. It also seems she might have to give up her new bunny friend if they find his real home and she begins to question ...more
Katie Lawrence
This was such a sweet, lovely first week of school story. Emma has been homeschooled until 5th grade, but decides to try public school for the first time and tries to navigate so many changes. Luckily she has her rescue rabbit Lapi to keep her in good spirits. I loved Jack as well as the French Canadian grandparents and their stories that were included throughout. I also thought Lord’s author note was a great inclusion! How wonderful that her son is autistic and she gave Jack some of his charact ...more
Joan Marie
When I first saw this title, I didn't know what to think. It seemed an odd choice to me. But after reading Lord's newest book, it makes perfect sense. A little lost rabbit, found stuck in a picket fence, forms bonds between 5th grader, Emma, who has been homeschooled until now and her new classmates, especially Jack, whom she nicknames Jack Rabbit. Full of self-doubt, wanting to fit in, learning the meaning of true friends and best friends, this read warms the heart like all of Lord's books do!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. I have never met someone who was home-schooled. Getting the chance to experience what Emma felt as she entered public school was very enlightening. It made me think about the students who move to our school and how much they must want to find a friend. I also loved Jack and could think of so many students who have gifts to offer like he does. Very well done. Definitely a book a middle grade library should own!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous story.
Em lives in Maine, she has a brother named Owen.
She loves to kayak. They have 2 female Goldies.
Her dad is a park ranger.
They rescue a little rabbit who is caught in a fence.
She keeps it and names him Lapi, after a rabbit from stories her grandpa will tell her.
She starts 5th grade, in a public school for her first time.
Becomes friends with Jack who is autistic.

The author has an autistic son, homeschooled her children, and has rabbits.
Alice Hays
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Moving book about. Homeschooled girl who begins public school for the first time. It takes her a while, but relying on her families experiences and values, she finds her place in the new environment. (Good exposure to what it might be like for a home school kid entering public school for the first time. I kept wishing I’d had that insight when I was teaching kids who had previously been home schooled.)
Feb 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Middle School
183 pages. I read 22 pages./1 chapter and it did not keep my attention. It was all over the place and I could not really figure out what was going on except a father rescues animals and a girl was all excited about a rescue rabbit. The reading level seems more middle school. If looking for elementary books, skip this one.
Emma has been homeschooled and is going to public school for the first time in the 5th grade. More than anything else she wants to make friends. She finds that harder than she thought, but with the help of a rescued rabbit and an autistic classmate things become much easier. Emma is a great character who is true to herself and does the right thing even if it's hard. A wonderful book.
Jillian Anderson
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect! Emma will be starting fifth grade after being homeschooled her entire life. The night before school starts, she and her father rescue a rabbit. School isn’t everything Emma expects and making friends is harder than she thought. But with the help of Jack and her older brother, Emma might just like school after all.
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