Paper Things

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By Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Publisher Candlewick
Paper Things
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When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. Theres just one problemGage doesnt actually have a place to live.When Aris mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteenyearold Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But its been two months, and Gage still hasnt found them an apartment. He and Ari have been couch surfing, staying with Gages friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gages girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.

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64648 words64,648 words
384 pages384 pages
Lexile 830LLexile 830L
Grade 3 to 12Grade 3 to 12
Age 8-17Age 8-17
Published 2017Published 2017

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