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Written by Carol
(8/14/2013 9:47 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Beverly Cleary, penned by Patricia N
... Sarah, Plain & Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, or Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo? If she's a bit older, Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell or Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. I know that these are historical, but much contemporary fiction for kids these days deals with issues that you may be trying to avoid. For example, Winn Dixie mentions alcoholism and abandonment. I believe it does so with a positive spirit and a healing ending, and I read it every year to my class.
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