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Extraordinary by [Franklin, Miriam Spitzer]
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Length: 256 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 2 - 7

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Gr 4–6—Pansy's best friend, Anna, had an accident that left her brain damaged. Although the doctors say that the damage is permanent, Pansy believes that an upcoming surgery will bring back her best friend. In the meantime, Pansy plans to become a new and better person for Anna. She wants to learn to roller-skate, win the reading competition, and go camping—all the things she was reluctant to do before Anna's accident. This work is paced as a countdown to Anna's surgery, and as Pansy eagerly prepares and awaits that day, she also finds herself caught between wanting things to go back to the way they were and making new friends. Although her novel is inherently sad, Franklin keeps the mood from becoming too depressing by focusing on Pansy's attempts to be "extraordinary." She is relatable and, at times, funny. Readers have the opportunity to reflect on what it means to be special and the importance of friendships, both old and new. Though Pansy and Anna are in fifth grade, the themes are universal, and this could easily appeal to young teens as well as the middle grade set. VERDICT A fine addition to upper elementary and middle school collections where weighty realistic fiction is in demand.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library

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"A gentle story. . . . Most readers will understand long before Pansy does that she is setting herself up for disappointment, but they will also recognize that Pansy's dedication to her friend is plenty extraordinary in itself." —Publishers Weekly

"North Carolina author Franklin firmly grasps the climate and struggles among kids today. Her crystal-clear writing is filled with rich detail and believable characters. The sensitive story will resonate with young girls wrestling with friendship pains." —The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"[An] effective debut. . . . the ending, in which Pansy accepts the reality of Anna’s situation, is suitably affecting." —Booklist

"Though Pansy, Anna, and Andy are in fifth grade, the themes are universal, and this could easily appeal to young teens as well as the middle grade set. . . . A fine addition to upper elementary and middle school collections where weighty realistic fiction is in demand." —School Library Journal

"Extraordinary is a delightful tale of loyalty, friendship, and hope." —Karen Harrington, author of Courage for Beginners and Sure Signs of Crazy

"An inspiring, beautifully told story of friendship, hope, and the power of positive thinking, even in the face of deep disappointment." —Dianna Dorisi Winget, author of A Million Ways Home

Product details

  • File Size: 904 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press (April 11, 2017)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00W0LT45Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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