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The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Clare Lund's review
Nov 01, 2018
Zoey would love nothing more than to just be a regular middle school student, but instead she is helping to raise her much younger siblings while her mom works long hours. The family lives in her mom's boyfriend Lenny's trailer, and he reminds them every day how lucky they are to have him. When Zoey's teacher suggests she join the debate club, she learns how to gather evidence to support her argument, and finally feels equipped to help her mom realize that she deserves a better life than the one Lenny is giving her. An eye-opening portrayal of poverty, verbal/emotional abuse, and gun culture. Powerful story for ages 10 and up.
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