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 Finding normal
 Author: Faris, Stephanie

 Publisher:  Aladdin (2024)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 278 p.,  22 cm

 BTSB No: 322857 ISBN: 9781665938907
 Ages: 9-13 Grades: 4-8

 Moving -- Fiction
 Fund raising -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 School stories
 Floods -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

After a devastating flood, twelve-year-old Temple is relocated to a new town where she takes it upon herself to organize a fundraiser to help families affected by the flood, but soon realizes the pressure may be too much to handle alongside the other changes in her life.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.50
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 522271

   Kirkus Reviews (01/01/24)
   School Library Journal (02/01/24)
 The Hornbook (00/03/24)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2024 Gr 4–7—The story of a sixth grader who overcomes adversity by taking charge and helping those in her neighborhood begins with Temple asking to attend a sleepover and her mom denying her request. At this point, readers might expect a typical coming-of-age novel about strict parents and family disagreements. As the book quickly progresses, Temple and her family experience a natural disaster in the form of a home-destroying flash flood. Temple's family relocates first to a hotel and then to their neighbor's house. The tween is dealing with changing schools, mean girls, and feeling left out. She decides to plan a benefit for the flood victims and contacts the news, and then a popular band to make the event successful. At this point in the novel, there is too much going on to keep up with, and the tasks Temple is taking on seem a bit unrealistic. Despite this, the plot is engaging and the book will be helpful for kids who've experienced something similar. VERDICT Recommended for libraries which serve middle school children.—April Crowder - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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