Paper Things

Paper Things

Book - 2015
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When Ari's mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it's been two months, and Gage still hasn't found them an apartment. He and Ari have been "couch surfing," staying with Gage's friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage's girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763663230
Characteristics: 376 pages ; 20 cm


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Oct 31, 2016

Coming from a fantasy reader, this book was slow to get into. For someone who doesn't usually read "real life" fiction stories, it was tough to keep focus for a long period of time. The story flows smoothly, which helped make it an easy read.

I personally like the book, it was sad and depicted the reality of what homeless teenagers and orphans go through on a daily basis. It also shows how an 11 year old is able to cope, and how she copes, with tough situations.

Aug 23, 2015

This book was a great choice. I just couldn't but it down and I read it in one sitting. It really captures from a 5th grader's point of view. I would definitely recommend.


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Aug 23, 2015

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