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On the last night of summer, Emma and her Maine game warden father rescue a small domestic rabbit stuck in a fence; the very next day Emma starts fifth grade after years of being home schooled, excited and apprehensive about making new friends, but she is paired with Jack, a hyperactive boy, who does not seem to fit in with anyone--except that they share a love of animals, which draws them together, because of the rabbit. - (Baker & Taylor)

Accompanying her game warden father on a routine call on the last night of summer before she ends homeschooling and starts public school for the first time, young Emma finds herself caring for a baby bunny while navigating a project with an animal-loving boy who does not quite fit in. - (Baker & Taylor)

After years of being home schooled, Emma starts fifth grade at a public school and struggles with the challenges of being new and being paired with Jack, a boy who doesn't seem to fit in with anyone, on a school project. - (Baker & Taylor)

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you're a little different.
- (Scholastic)

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you're a little different.

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school. But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he's obsessed with animals. Jack doesn't fit in, and Emma's worried he'll make her stand out.Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she's meant to have? Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a beautiful and sensitive book about being different and staying true to yourself.
- (Scholastic)

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*Starred Review* Not many kids begin school in fifth grade, and Emma's first week starts out pretty rocky. Though she had enjoyed homeschooling along with her older brother, he went off to high school last year. Now, for Emma, making friends is more difficult than expected. She gets along well with Jack, a boy with autism, but she notices that other classmates keep him at a distance, and worries that befriending him may isolate her from them. Woven through the narrative are scenes with Lapi, a pet rabbit that she helped rescue but may have to give up, and brief tales that Emma's Quebecois grandfather used to tell about Monsieur Lapin, a mischievous cottontail rabbit. The many strands of Emma's story, shaped by her self-reflection, courage, and kindness, converge in the satisfying conclusion. Lord, who wrote the Newbery Honor Book Rules (2006), uses clear, straightforward sentences to relate experiences in ways that speak directly to children. An author's note discusses the sources of certain story elements. From Emma's relationship with her brother to her insecurities about attending school to her procrastination in calling a family that's lost a rabbit, her emotions are mixed but layered and evident to readers. A heartfelt chapter book with broad appeal. Grades 3-5. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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Gr 3–7—Emma has been homeschooled and is now ready to follow in her big brother Owen's footsteps and try public school. She is torn between being excited and scared. After all, fifth grade will be hard enough without having to worry if she will fit in or make friends. When Ms. Hutton assigns a group project, "Two Truths and a Lie," as a way for the students to get to know each other, Emma decides this will be her chance to become friends with Jack, Iris, and Leah. Jack ends up being her partner and though he is loud and somewhat different, he bonds with Emma over Monsieur Lapin, the honey-colored rescue rabbit she and her game warden father are fostering. Lord's characters are true to life and readers will surely see themselves in one of them. VERDICT A timely story which hits on current social issues in an honest and believable manner.—Martha Rico, El Paso ISD, TX

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