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The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden
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it was amazing

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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Reading Progress

July 12, 2018 – Shelved
July 12, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
October 27, 2018 – Started Reading
November 1, 2018 – Finished Reading

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