Finding Perfect [Hardcover]

Item : Finding Perfect [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Swartz, Elly
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0374303126
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780374303129
Publisher Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages Pages : 304
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100025859

To twelve-year-old Molly Nathans, perfect is:

The number four
The tip of a newly sharpened No. 2 pencil
A crisp white pad of paper
Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines

Whatsnotperfect is Mollys mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are sometimes broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Poetry Slam Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with white tablecloths. Molly is sure her mother would never miss that. Right&?

But as time passes, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly's world from spinning out of control. In this fresh-voiced debut novel, one girl learns there is no such thing as perfect.

Elly Swartz lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two sons, and dog. .

*A 2019-2020 Iowa Children's Choice Book!*
*A Kentucky Blue Grass Master List Pick!*
*A Child Mind's Institute Best Children's Book About Mental Health!*

While there are several good books about OCD for teen readers, few are available for middle graders, and this is a welcome addition to the fold. Kirkus

First-time author Swartz creates a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder through the authentic voice of middle schooler Molly Nathans. Publishers Weekly

With middle school friendships and family relationships at its heart, this novel offers an empathetic guide to coping with a mental health issue...Swartz adds to the growing list of fiction titles that raise awareness of differences and promote acceptance; a strong purchase for most middle grade and middle school collections. School Library Journal

With intense and insightful depictions of Mollys thoughts and subsequent actions, Swartz renderl£A

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