By Lisa Graff
From the writer of the nationwide booklet Award nominee A Tangle of Knots comes an inspiring novel approximately understanding who you're and doing what you love.
Albie hasn't ever been the neatest child in his classification. He hasn't ever been the tallest. Or the easiest at gymnasium. Or the best artist. Or the main musical. actually, Albie has an extended record of the issues he's now not excellent at. yet then Albie will get a brand new babysitter, Calista, who is helping him work out the entire issues he's strong at and the way he can take pleasure in himself.
A excellent spouse to Lisa Graff's nationwide publication Award-nominated A Tangle of Knots, this novel explores the same topic in a pragmatic modern global the place young children will simply be capable to relate their very own struggles to Albie's. nice for enthusiasts of Rebecca Stead's Liar and undercover agent, RJ Palacio's ask yourself and Cynthia Lord's principles.
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