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Why Can’t I Be You



by
Melissa Walker

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
HarperCollins
ISBN
9780062567208
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Language: Mild Language
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Claire has always liked living next door to her friend Ronan at Twin Pines Trailer Park. But things change when their friend Brianna’s cool older cousin comes to visit for the summer.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

208

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.8: points 5

Lexile

810L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Sep 2018

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews

Horn Book

When eleven-year-old Claire’s best friend Brianna moves into a mansion, it’s hard for Claire (who lives in a trailer park and whose mom cleans houses) not to feel envious. Then Brianna’s just-slightly-older, biracial cousin Eden visits. She claims everyone’s attention, and convinces Brianna it’s time for boy-girl parties, which adds to Claire’s sense that she’s been left behind, wary as she is of the idea that “everything changes in seventh grade.” Meanwhile, Claire’s neighbor and longtime friend Ronan seems to have changed as well; it’s gradually revealed that his father is struggling with depression. This sensitive friendship story is honest about the potential for economic disparities to compound the other challenges of fitting in while growing up. It also gives depth to its affluent, popular secondary characters: Brianna isn’t as thrilled about her new house as Claire thinks, and Eden is hiding her own family woes. Hand this to fans of Walker’s Let’s Pretend We Never Met (rev. 7/17) and other character-driven tales of the preteen years. -Shoshana Flax, Horn Book

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

When eleven-year-old Claire’s best friend Brianna moves into a mansion, it’s hard for Claire (who lives in a trailer park and whose mom cleans houses) not to feel envious. Then Brianna’s just-slightly-older, biracial cousin Eden visits. She claims everyone’s attention, and convinces Brianna it’s time for boy-girl parties, which adds to Claire’s sense that she’s been left behind, wary as she is of the idea that “everything changes in seventh grade.” Meanwhile, Claire’s neighbor and longtime friend Ronan seems to have changed as well; it’s gradually revealed that his father is struggling with depression. This sensitive friendship story is honest about the potential for economic disparities to compound the other challenges of fitting in while growing up. It also gives depth to its affluent, popular secondary characters: Brianna isn’t as thrilled about her new house as Claire thinks, and Eden is hiding her own family woes. Hand this to fans of Walker’s Let’s Pretend We Never Met (rev. 7/17) and other character-driven tales of the preteen years. -Shoshana Flax, Horn Book

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

Stories with strong, relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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