DIVerse Families
 
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Title

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Authors

Blue Balliett

Publisher

Scholastic Inc

Pages

288 pages

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780545299886

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Homelessness; Biracial; homeless family; living in a shelter; mixed race

Annotation

On a cold winter day in Chicago, Early's father disappeared, and now she, her mother and her brother have been forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless--and it is up to Early to hold her family together and solve the mystery surrounding her father.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

African American / White

Awards

Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 2014; 100 Best Children's and YA Mysteries of the Past Decade, 2015; It's a Mystery! Books for Curious Kids and Teens, 2015; Best Children's Books of the Year, 2014; Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth, 2013; Choices, 2014; Core Collection: Middle-Grade Mysteries, 2015; Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2014; Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award, 2014-2015; Nominee; Golden Sower Award, 2015-2016; Nominee; Lamplighter Award, 2014-2015; Nominee; Land of Enchantment Book Award, 2014-2015; Nominee; North Carolina Children's Book Award, 2015; Nominee; Read On Wisconsin, 2014-2015; Nominee; William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2015-2016; Nominee; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; Listen Up Awards, 2013, Winner, Young Adult

Keywords

family life; kidnapping; mystery and detective stories; fathers and daughters; smuggling

Item Type

Fiction

Format

chapter book

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