|Swimming with dolphins|
Author: Paddock, Jessie
When 12-year-old KT Wynn learns that she has to move from Iowa City to Florida, she's distraught. Not only does she have to leave behind her best friends and the only home she's ever known, she also has to deal with being the new kid in school. And she's especially worried about how her wheelchair, Sprinkles, will affect things. On the bright side, she'll still have her big sister, Lucy, with her, and she'll even get to see a dolphin--her favorite animal!--for the very first time.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 506733
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 05/01/2020 Gr 3–7—A coming-of-age story that seamlessly incorporates discussion of disability alongside a heartwarming dolphin tale. Twelve-year-old KT Wynn moves from Iowa to Florida and has to start over at a new middle school while leaving all her friends behind. KT uses a wheelchair; although the plot doesn't dwell on this, it is a daily fact of her life, and she worries about being in a new environment as a wheelchair user. On the bright side, her new home means she might be able to achieve her dream of swimming with dolphins. Meeting Cola the dolphin is not what she expected, and KT must work to overcome her fears and build trust with Cola to make her dream come true. Through detailed imagery, the use of hashtag vocabulary, and the unique juxtaposition of the dolphins with KT's own journey, Paddock has created a well-rounded and fun story that middle grade readers will enjoy. VERDICT Sweet, inspirational realistic fiction for anyone who has had to start over again.—Lenore Catalano, Hammarskjold Middle School, East Brunswick, NJ - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.