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Author: Lisle, Janet Taylor
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Year Published: 2107
ISBN: 9781481472227
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9

Quicksand Pond

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Jessie isn’t looking forward to the summer. Her family has rented a cottage on Quicksand Pond, far away from her friends. Like any 12 year old, she wants to escape her annoying brother and sister, and perhaps, the strained relationship of her parents. Fortunately, she finds a dilapidated raft on the pond, and sets off to explore the pond. Soon, she meets Terri, a local girl who fills her in on the old story of familial murder that happened on the pond. Terri has her own troubles, as she struggles to move past her family’s troubled history the prejudices that surround her. The friendship between the two girls deepens, even though Jessie struggles to understand the destructive forces that surround Terri’s family. However, someone is spying on the girls, and when Terri is accused of stealing and setting fires, their friendship is tested.  Things soon spiral out of control and the old murder, Terri’s secrets and Jessie’s faltering confidence in her friend come to a head. Full of realistic and ambivalent relationships with a dash of mystery and and exploration of social justice and discrimination, this will appeal to older readers who like a dramatic story. Grades 5-9
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