When a Student Has a Secret

This book is about when a student has a secret and has to find a way to move forward.  I don’t want to give too much away!  I read this book several years ago and found my review this week.  It got lost in all the other “stuff” I have going on.  Sorry, I didn’t share it then, but the best part about books is that a great story is still a wonderful read even a few years late.

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Title: Bluefishwhen a student has a secret bluefish

Author: Pat Schmatz

Target: Grades 6 and up

Series: No

What this book is about:

Travis lives with his grandfather and they have just moved to a new town.  His dog is missing, he has no desire to do homework, and his grandfather is trying to get sober.  It is not until he meets Velveeta that he realizes how much he needs a friend.  But she has secrets too and life is not as rosy and funny as she makes things appear.  Can they help each other get their acts together and survive their problems?

Why I love this book:

A friend recommended this one, but the premise seemed a little bit of a downer so I hesitated.  Thankfully it is short, so I just dived in one day, and I am sooooo glad I did.  I was caught up immediately in Travis’ life and his challenges.  I found myself rooting for him and hoping beyond hope that he could overcome the biggest challenge he was facing (don’t want to tell and spoil the reveal)

Velveeta is a quirky, exuberant character who is hiding a lot of pain, but yet I didn’t feel sorry for her.  I worried about her, but I also felt she connected herself with positive, if not run of the mill, people, who brought comfort into her life.  These kids are struggling, but they are not without love or hope, so the story never got bogged down in the negative.

Who this book is for:

Great book for kids who like character-driven stories.  Chapters are short and the book is not too long, so it is a good choice for kids who may not have the time or are intimidated by a longer story.

Final thoughts:

An extremely well-done story that will tug at your heartstrings and surprise kids.

To purchase this book:

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