Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
When Ari’s mother died four years ago she had two dying wishes. One was for Ari and her older brother, Gage, to stay together. The other was for Ari to attend Carter Middle School. So when Gage announced he’d gotten an apartment and was moving out of the house with their guardian, Janna, of course Ari went with him. Only, he wasn’t telling the whole truth, and for the last several weeks Ari and Gage have been bouncing between friends and shelters. Ari’s grades have slipped, making it less and less likely she’ll be able to attend Carter next year. And even worse, staying with Gage is getting harder and harder too.
This novel looks at temporary homelessness with unflinching reality, but also with hope and compassion. Recommended for readers in middle school and up who enjoy stories of families, friendships, and people overcoming adversity.
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