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. Volume XVIII Number 4. . . .September 23, 2011
Poe is a typical student trying to avoid teachers to keep his secret from being discovered. His secret is that he is living in a tent with his dad because his mom passed away with cancer. Even though he lives in a tent, he still walks to school, rain or shine. Poe's loving father helps him with his homework. In return, he helps the new Ukrainian girl, Inna, and he ends up liking her. Poe continues to go to great lengths not to be found out, but, when his dad breaks his arm during a big storm, they have no choice but to seek medical attention at a hospital where news reporters are all over the place.
Living Rough, which offers a real-life example of a student living a tough teenage life, was written for reluctant readers, and so it is both an easy read and a short book. The plot is well planned out, including the suspense of Poe's secret. The books has teen issues that range from fear of a secret being found out to finding that first love. Author Cristy Watson, a teacher, writes life-like school scenes, and her dialogue is realistic as to what the teachers and students would actually say. The fact that the author is female does not hinder the story that is realistically written from a boy's point of view.
Dana L. Coates is a grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB.
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