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Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper
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Nov 25, 2011

really liked it
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i started to read this book because i wasn't sure my 8 yo would be ready for it... i'm really glad i did. although, i came to the realization that she wasn't ready for it, i do think that when she's older - 11 or 12, that she'll appreciate it....

as a cradle but somewhat lapsed catholic, i think the book reflects on spirituality during tough times very easily and thoughtfully.... i don't think it's too simplified, the life altering situations that main characters go through are too complex - death, bullying, poverty and chronic illness - especially for preteens... i also liked that there was a diverse cast of characters - caucasian, latino, jewish, i think ms. wu is probably asian, etc... and i really LOVE that the book is set in my hometown, chicago and written by a chicago author. woot!

overall, i really enjoyed the book. it seems to ease a reader from easier chapter books into young adult chapter books very well. i think this would make a great gift for christmas or confirmation as well as it reinforces one's faith as well as reminds one to find something to be grateful for everyday - because everyday is truly precious.
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