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Nine Candles

Title

Nine Candles

Authors

Maria Testa

Illustrator

Amanda Schaffer

Publisher

Carolrhoda Books

Publication Year

1996

ISBN

9780876149409

Pages

32 pages

Genre

realism

Format

picture book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

After visiting his mother in prison on his seventh birthday, Raymond wishes it were his ninth birthday when Mama has promised to be home with his dad and him.

Grade Level

K-3

Lexile Measure

470L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Incarceration; mother in prison; visitor's day

Main Character

male child

Race/Ethnicities

Hispanic

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards, 1996, Honor, Language Arts K-6 Novels
Children's Choices, 1997 Young Readers (Ages 6-8)
Kaleidoscope, A Multicultural Booklist for Grades K-8, Third Edition, 2001

Keywords

mothers and sons; birthdays; unease; feelings; missing a parent; car trip; theft; larceny

Diversity Impact

direct

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