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Just Like That

Just Like That

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In this poignant, perceptive, witty novel, Gary D. Schmidt brings authenticity and emotion to multiple plot strands, weaving in themes of grief, loss, redemption, achievement, and love. Following the death of her closest friend in summer 1968, Meryl Lee Kowalski goes off to St. Elene's Preparatory Academy for Girls, where she struggles to navigate the venerable boarding school's traditions and a social structure heavily weighted toward students from wealthy backgrounds. In a parallel story, Matt Coffin has wound up on the Maine coast near St. Elene's with a pillowcase full of money lifted from the leader of a criminal gang, fearing the gang's relentless, destructive pursuit. Both young people gradually dispel their loneliness, finding a way to be hopeful and also finding each other.



Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: 01/05/2021
Pages: 400
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.10lbs
Size: 8.60h x 5.80w x 1.50d
ISBN: 9780544084773
Audience: Ages 9-12

Accelerated Reader:
Reading Level: 5.9
Point Value: 15
Interest Level: Middle Grade Plus
Quiz #/Name: 510307 / Just Like That


Review Citation(s):
Booklist 09/01/2020 pg. 104
Kirkus Reviews 10/15/2020
School Library Journal 11/01/2020 pg. 60
Publishers Weekly 11/09/2020
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 02/01/2021
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2021 pg. 116
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/2021 - Superior,Well Above Average

About the Author
Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones; Orbiting Jupiter; the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars; and Okay for Now. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. hmhbooks.com/schmidt

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