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One of the ARC's I received at the Book Expo a couple weeks ago was A Million Ways Home by Dianna Dorisi Winget. After reading the blurb and a few chapters, my teammate and I knew we needed to read it aloud as our last book of the year with our 5th graders. I am so glad we made that decision because the students loved it!! In my class, we finished it during the last few seconds of the last day before summer vacation. My students wouldn't leave the room until we finished the book, even after our grade was dismissed on the loudspeaker! They were hanging on every word toward the end to find out what happened next. I will definitely read this book aloud again next year!
A Million Ways Home is about a young girl named Poppy who lives with her grandmother, but is forced to move to a shelter because her grandmother suffered from a stroke and is in the hospital and then a nursing home. Poppy is so desperate to see her grandmother and bail her out of the home, that she runs away in search of finding her. However, she witnesses a deadly robbery while she is running away and the suspect sees her! Then the adventures begin with a "witness protection program" with Detective Brannigan and his mother, a dog named Gunner, and a friend named Lizzie. This book is a suspenseful page turner that is filled with social issues, strong characters, burning questions, and emotions.
A Million Ways Home will be published by Scholastic on August 26th so mark your calendars and enjoy!
Happy Reading! :)