The Benefits Of Being An Octopus

ISBN-10: 1510757678
ISBN-13: 9781510757677
Author: Braden, Ann
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing

Publication Date: May 2021

Copyright: 2018

Page Count: 312

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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Lexile: 770L
Accelerated Reader Level: 4.9
Accelerated Reader Points: 8.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

JUVENILE FICTION / Family / General (see also headings under Social Themes)

Description
Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend; they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer. At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend Fuchsia has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them. Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful protective defenses. Unfortunately, she's not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom?s relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia's situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they're better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to
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