The Golden Hour

ISBN-10: 0316540331
ISBN-13: 9780316540339
Author: Smith, Niki
Illustrated by: Smith, Niki
Interest Level: 3-7
Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Publication Date: October 2021

Copyright: 2021

Page Count: 256

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Interest Level

Grades 3-7

Reading Level

Guided Reading: X
Accelerated Reader Level: 2.8
Accelerated Reader Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness

JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / Farm & Ranch Life


From the author of The Deep & Dark Blue comes a tender graphic novel, perfect for our time,that gently explores themes of self-discovery, friendship, healing from tragedy, and hope for a better tomorrow. Struggling with anxiety after witnessing a harrowing instance of gun violence, Manuel Soto copes through photography, using his cell-phone camera to find anchors that keep him grounded. His days are a lonely, latchkey monotony until he's teamed with his classmates, Sebastian and Caysha, for a group project. Sebastian lives on a grass-fed cattle farm outside of town, and Manuel finds solace in the open fields and in the antics of the newborn calf Sebastian is hand-raising. As Manuelaides his new friends in their preparations for the local countyfair, helearns to open up, confronts his deepest fears, and even finds first love.
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