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 Mimi
 Author: Newman, John


 Publisher:  Candlewick Press
 Pub Year: 2011

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 186 p.,  20 cm.

 BTSB No: 674871 ISBN: 9780763654153
 Ages: 8-10 Grades: 3-5

 Subjects:
 Grief -- Fiction
 Single-parent families -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction
 Family life -- England -- Fiction
 England -- Fiction

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Summary:
Mimi is determined not to give up on anyone or anything, but since Mammy died, everyone in the family has a negative mood.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 145218
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 9.0   Quiz: 54599

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → 3.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 3 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → 4.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 4 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/11)
   School Library Journal (09/01/11)
 The Hornbook (00/11/11)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2011 Gr 4–6—Mimi's mother was killed in an accident 149 days ago, and the entire family-father, older brother, and older sister-is still grieving and unable to cope with daily life. The children's father sits at home all day and cooks burnt pizza for dinner, Sally has a horrible secret (according to her diary), and Conor plays drums until late into the night. Mimi can't get to school on time, doesn't do her homework, and misses Mammy terribly. She does regularly see her extended family, giving her some structure and continuity. And all is not dark in Mimi's life-she has a good friend who tells her jokes and stands up for her at school, supportive teachers, and a cousin who is a fun playmate, and the lighthearted bickering of her grandparents is humorous. But a tipping point is looming for this family, and it comes when Sally is accused of stealing from a neighborhood shop and runs away after a fight with their father. His worry and fear finally wake him up, and he knows he has to bring the family back together. With just enough humor to keep readers engaged and a protagonist to whom they can relate, Newman adeptly portrays a family on an emotional edge. He also subtly lets readers figure out that Mimi is Asian and adopted-it is not a big part of her story, just reality.—Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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