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Karen Abbott


Outstanding, Primary, Intermediate, Kevin Henkes, Books, Reading, Beach, Coming Of Age, Growing Up, Shells, Birthday, Family, Only Child

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Book Review


Alice and her family spend a week every winter at a beach in Florida. Alice will soon be turning ten. The tenth birthday is extra special to her because it will be her first two digit year. This makes her especially thoughtful about the joys and disappointments of this year's family trip. She thinks of the winter beach cabin inhabitants as extended family and this year the family is changing. Alice is looking for her favorite rare shell, a junonia, but what she finds within her heart goes much deeper than the shell itself.