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Almost Paradise


Author: Corabel  SHOFNER
Publisher: Farrar Strauss Giroux
Subject/Category: Gr. 4-7
Year Reviewed:: 2018
ISBN: 9780374303785
Review: A unique cast of characters and a zany plot keep this debut novel rollicking along. Twelve-year-old Ruby’s rather feckless mother has taken up with a shady character whom Ruby disdainfully dubs Catfish. Her quick thinking and resiliency are of great benefit when her mother lands in jail after Catfish bungles a gas station robbery. Left to fend for herself in a strange town, Ruby sets out to find her estranged aunt, a nun living on a nearby peach ranch who turns out to have cancer. Ruby’s fresh voice shines through to this tale’s happy, sad, and yet satisfying conclusion.

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