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Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home

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A foster kid with a can-do attitude teaches the value of family and home.

Twelve-year-old Pavi Sharma is an expert at the Front Door Face: the perfect mix of puppy dog eyes and a lemonade smile, the exact combination to put foster parents at ease as they open their front door to welcome you in. After being bounced around between foster families and shelter stays, Pavi is a
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ebook, 272 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 2019)
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus



Pavi has been in several foster homes, as well as the Crossroads group home, ever since her mother became unable to care for her. Her foster mother is now Marjorie, a teacher, whose son Hamilton is Pavi's age and a good friend to her. Pavi has a "business" where she counsels other foster kids and does research on their families and new schools in exchange for school supplies. She is working with Santos, a new 8th grader. When she stops by Crossroads to try to get
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Jessa Franco
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I rarely find foster care in fiction and was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Jennybeast
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
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Lucy
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. It's a well-written and pretty riveting middle grade book about an entrepreneurial girl named Pavi who has spent years in the foster system and shares her acquired wisdom with other foster kids who are facing a transition- in exchange for snacks and brand name school supplies. She is currently in a comfortable foster home and doing good business, when she finds out a very little girl that she barely knows is going to a placement that still gives her nightmares.

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Chrysa Keenon
I received a free ARC copy of this book at Book Expo, so all opinions are my own!

I was super excited to pick this book up because the foster care system has interested me in a while, and the idea of having a story set in it was a great premise! "Pavi Sharma's Guide" is a charming story about a girl who was traumatized by a family in the system and tries anything to prevent one of her friends, a younger girl, being put in the same situation.

I loved the concept and a few of the characters shined
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Alexa Hamilton
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tween
Pavi is a foster kid who is running a small business helping other foster kids do better in their placements. She has a great foster mother and brother, and eventually, has to let them in to what she is doing, even though she is trying to be strong. And she is strong! And really smart, and aware. But sometimes, her emotions based on her past experiences are too big, even for her.

Not having experienced any of this myself, I did think the way Pavi described her feelings of kinship with other foste
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Beth Mendelsohn
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
I received a copy of this book at Book Expo America 2019. All opinions are my own.

Pavi Sharma, a 12 year old foster child, is happy with her latest placement. She runs a “business” helping other foster children get ready for their new families with techniques to help put them and their new foster families at ease. When five year old Meridee comes to the shelter, of course Pavi wants to help her. Pavi finds out that Meridee is going to Pavi’s first and most horrendous foster home and hatches a pl
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caitlin
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

I liked this book a lot. Perfect for students with unconventional families. Pavi is a foster kid who has lived with many families, but as the story begins she has turned her knowledge into a business where she gives insight and advice to foster newbies. That enough was an intriguing premise, but then the story continues as Pavi fears another newbie girl is being sent to an evil family, and tries to stop this, pulling in her foster brother and one of her clients
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Autumn
Pretty disappointed in this one. It really thinks it's doing the right thing by focusing on a tough foster kid, but I was really turned off by the facile ending, the adorable little black girl used as a plot device, and the superheroic white foster mom with her Jane Austen bobblehead and Aretha Franklin music. Also, I found the focus on scary scary Rottweilers to be a little classist, honestly. All the hot Cheetos references and Youtube tutorial talk gave me hope for this one, but turns out it's ...more
Leah
Jul 05, 2019 added it
I love coming across middle grade titles that deal with challenging topics in an age appropriate way. I was glad to bring an ARC of Pavi Sharma in to my home and I look forward to placing copies in my classroom after it's published.
Andréa
Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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