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Itch

Title

Itch

Publisher

Henry Holt and Company

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780805080834

Pages

240 pages

Genre

historical

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

In 1968, after the death of her beloved Gramps, Delores "Itch" Colchester and her grandmother move from Florida to an Ohio trailer park, where she meets new people and, when she learns that a friend is being abused by her mother, tries her best to emulate her plain-spoken grandfather.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Legal guardianship; Family violence; death of a grandfather; grandmother raising grandchild; abused child; abusive mother

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multi-generational

Awards

Children's Catalog Supplement to Nineteenth Edition, 2009
Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008
Sequoyah Book Award, 2010-2011
Nominee
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2010-2011
Master List
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Cybils Awards, 2008, Finalist, Middle Grade Novels
IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, 2009, Notable Book, Primary Fiction

Keywords

child abuse; mothers; friendship; schools; Ohio; Florida; trailer; dancing; lying

Diversity Impact

direct

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