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Itch by Polly Farquhar
Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9780823445523
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    Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9780823445523 | Middle Grade (8-12)

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    Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9780823446346 | Middle Grade (8-12)

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★ “Isaac faces so many complications in sixth grade: bullying, loneliness, guilt, his mother’s two-month business trip, tornadoes—and the itch. . . . A deft touch with unusual details keeps the narrative from getting bogged down in medical drama: Isaac has an after-school job at a pheasant farm, a preoccupation with the texture of sandwiches, and a lucky peanut shell. Lyrical, pensive prose unexpectedly isn’t a harbinger of tragedy; these kids have regular lives, shaped by their grave health concerns but not overwhelmed by them. This meditative #ownvoices read refreshingly treats chronic illness as just one of life’s myriad complexities.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ “A heartwarming story that encompasses serious issues such as bullying, chronic illness, and peer pressure while navigating the awkward years of middle school.”School Library Journal, Starred Review

“[Polly Farquhar] artfully conveys the familiar milieu of the 6th grade social order and the difficulties Isaac has in navigating it. The desire to fit in is a theme that will resonate with readers of any age. Isaac’s endearing personality, coupled with Farquar’s strong pacing and distinctive spin on a familiar narrative, will leave readers eager for more books from this debut author.”—BookPage

“the thoughtful pace of the story and the strong characterization will appeal to readers”—School Library Connection

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