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Quaking by Kathryn Erskine
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Feb 27, 2010

really liked it

Quaking is a great story told from the perspective of Matt, a troubled fourteen-year-old girl. Ms. Erskine did a marvelous job of capturing the emotions and reasoning of a foster child. The story also gives a true look at the Quaker religion and how the silent meeting is viewed by a non-Quaker kid.

As the small Pennsylvania town is torn apart by the war in Iraq, Matt quietly stands up to a warmongering teacher and promotes peace. Her silent stance doesn’t improve her predicament with a bully referred to as the Rat. Quaking follows Matt as she struggles to deal with problems at school, trying to fit into yet another home (this time with Quakers), and the turmoil tearing the town apart. To survive, she must face her many fears and learn to love. Can she do it? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I recommend Quaking to anyone looking for a good read that deals with relevant issues in a realistic way.

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