Finding Perfect

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By Elly Swartz
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Finding Perfect
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To twelveyearold Molly Nathans, perfect is:The number fourThe tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencilA crisp white pad of paper Her neatly aligned glass animal figurinesWhats not perfect is Mollys mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right? But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Mollys world from spinning out of control. In this freshvoiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

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44093 words44,093 words
304 pages304 pages
Lexile 550LLexile 550L
Grade 3 to 8Grade 3 to 8
Age 8-13Age 8-13
Published 2016Published 2016

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