Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award

A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket

Hopkinson, Deborah, A Bandit’s Tale: The Muddled Misadventures of a Pickpocket.

Gutsy eleven year old Italian immigrant Rocco  arrives in NYC in the spring of 1887 without a penny to his name. Forced  to work for an unscrupulous padron, Rocco decides to strike out on his own than succumb to daily abuse.  In his struggle for a better life he faces many misadventures and makes a new friend or two along the way.

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Goodbye Stranger

Back in grade five, Bridge,Tabitha and Emily made a pact. Never to fight, ever. Now, two years later, they’re still best friends, but other things are changing. Bridge meets Sherm, and is soon excited and confused by her new, strange feelings. And when Emily starts texting pictures of herself to Patrick, Bridge and Tab find themselves complicit in a naïve plan that quickly spirals out of control.

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Absolutely Almost

Fifth-grader Albie has always been an “almost.” In
kindergarten, he was almost ready to use markers. In the first grade, he was almost big enough to walk his dog. In second grade, he almost moved up to the red reading group. And in the third grade, his poem was almost chosen to be put up on the bulletin board for Parents’ Night. For once, Albie wants to be something more. Due to learning difficulties, Albie fails out of his private school and enters public school where he continues to struggle both academically and socially. Misunderstood by his parents who think he simply isn’t trying hard enough, Albie is also bullied at school. His luck begins to change when Calista, his new babysitter,enters his life. Calista is a creative and kindhearted artist who sees the very best in Albie. With the help and support of Calista and a few others, Albie begins to recognize his own strengths and to understand that he is absolutely much more than an “almost.”
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