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Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
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May 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: sequoyah, boys-lit, elementary, intermediate-childrens-lit, middle-school, mystery

While it's a typical "identity crisis" mystery/story (11 year old Sam discovers a newspaper clipping that suggests he was lost as a child and had a different name), it was interesting enough to keep me engaged. One unusual aspect of the story is that Sam has a severe reading problem, making this book a good read-aloud to students with similar issues. Other topics that are touched upon: family (Sam's "family goes beyond his blood relatives to include his neighbors who help raise him), friendship, moving, belonging, etc. Overall, it's a good book for upper elementary or junior high students.

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