The Benefits of Being An Octopus

The Benefits of Being An Octopus

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Seventh-grader Zoey Albro focuses on caring for three younger siblings and avoiding rich classmates at school until her fascination with octopuses gets her on the debate team and she begins to speak out.
Publisher: New York : Sky Pony Press, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781510737488
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bra
Description: 254 pages ; 21 cm
Audience: Ages 8-12


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Dec 05, 2018

The benefits of reading this book are a least as many as the legs on an octopus. 1) You learn more about octopuses (including the proper way to refer to them in plural). Our protagonist (Zoey) refers often to her desires to do this or that as an octopus would adding an intriguing narrative to the story. 2) Middle graders living in poverty will be able to see themselves in a book. 3) Zoey learns about the world of debate and uses the skills she sees in others to analyze and make changes in her life. 4) A teacher reaches out to bridge a gap and make a difference. 5) Middle graders learn about how to identify an abusive situation and where to turn for help. 6) Zoey is a model for nurturing younger siblings. 7) Problem-solving is clearly demonstrated. 8) The gun issue is presented from both sides and reminds middle graders that when you add real people into the mix it is more complicated and not just a black and white issue. Highly recommended for 5th grade and up!


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