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The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: children-s, middle-grade, poetry, novels-in-verse, wendy-lamb-books

What a wonderful novel in verse! Each student has a distinct voice, and we get to know all of them throughout the year. I love how this made me think about big changes (like a community shutting down a school) and how complex that is. Some of the students want the school to close, although most don't. There are mixed emotions and big feelings around the topic. And there are also laughs, student elections, illness, death, crushes, rivals, friendships, religious/cultural dilemmas, and more. Everything that makes up the life of a fifth-grader is pretty much in here. A few of the lines or bits that I especially loved are:

School is the only place I can count on to never change.

I wish fifth grade wasn't such a tornado, whirling and spinning...

When I put the hijab on I float inside my scarf's blue cloth, the golden threads shimmer like sunshine...

When I sing with my friends, I like the sound of my voice.

But there were so many more. I didn't want it to end:>) This is a book full of reality, hope, and heart!
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August 14, 2015 – Shelved
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June 10, 2016 – Finished Reading

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