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Grade 8 Up—Andy is pumped that his freshman year is over and his vacation is about to begin. Then his dad's promotion changes everything. Instead of Hawaii, Andy is spending two weeks on a farm in Wisconsin with his somewhat odd, but well-meaning, aunt and uncle. Once there, though, he finds that things aren't so bad, particularly when he spots "the most incredible-looking girl he has ever seen." After a disastrous first impression (Andy runs into a lamppost and drops ice cream all over himself), they meet and Andy discovers that an accident at age four has left Laura confined to a wheelchair. Her indomitable spirit and optimism captivate him, and for the next two weeks they are inseparable. This is an engaging novel filled with life lessons, a little romance, humor, sports, and fraternal love. Laura's disability is dealt with matter-of-factly and doesn't dominate the story or her relationship with Andy. The characters are fresh and memorable, the teen voices are authentic, and the plot moves along at a good pace.—Kelley Siegrist, Farmington Community Library, MI
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