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Author: Arnold, Elana K.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year Published: 2016
ISBN: 9780544602274
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 8, Grade 9

Far From Fair

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Things that aren’t fair:
Odette begins a list of ‘things that aren’t fair, from living in a motorhome (coach) to getting the wrong dog, to putting up a Rex as a brother and having to share a single cell phone.  These are just the start of things Odette (Deeter) considers unfair, along with selling their home, her father losing his job and traveling to a northern state. Odette undergoes significant losses and changes in her life with her parents’ plan to go live with and care for her ailing grandmother.   Odette gradually learns to build new friendships and accept that some changes are good, for herself and for her entire family.  
The author addresses serious social issues in her novels.  As Odette’s grandmother becomes sicker with cancer, their family has to address her impending death and means of her death. End-of-life dilemmas are dealt with openly, compassionately and realistically in this story. This will be popular with older elementary/junior high students, who enjoy ‘stories of hope’  and realistic fiction.

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