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Dodger Boy

Dodger Boy

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In 1970 Vancouver, thirteen-year-old Charlotte and her best friend, Dawn, are keen to avoid the pitfalls of adolescence. Couldn't they just skip teenhood altogether, along with its annoying behaviors - showing off just because you have a boyfriend, obsessing about marriage and a ring and matching dining-room furniture? Couldn't one just learn about life from Jane Austen and spend the days eating breakfast at noon, watching "People in Conflict," and thrift-store shopping for cool castoffs to tie-dye for the upcoming outdoor hippie music festival?

But life becomes more complicated when the girls meet a Texan draft dodger who comes to live with Charlotte's Quaker family. Tom Ed expands Charlotte's horizons as they discuss everything from war to civil disobedience to women's liberation. Grappling with exhilarating and disturbing new ideas, faced with a censorship challenge to her beloved English teacher and trying to decode the charismatic draft dodger himself, Charlotte finds it harder and harder to stick to her unteen philosophy, and to see eye to eye with Dawn.

Author: Sarah Ellis
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Published: 09/04/2018
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 7.60h x 5.10w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9781773060729
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 4.1
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 197312 / Dodger Boy

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 10/15/2018 pg. 55
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2018 pg. 80
Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2018 pg. 106
Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2018 pg. 54
School Library Journal 09/01/2018 pg. 113
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2019
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