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Back to Young Hoosiers 2004-2005 Nominees: Intermediate (Grades 4-6)

Clay
By Colby Rodowsky

Hardcover
Publisher: F S & G
Published:
ISBN: 0374313385
Retail: $16.00
Our Net Price: $10.40

176 Pages
Ages: 8-12
Lexile: 900

Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Published: Jan 2004
ISBN: 0060006188
Retail: $5.99
Our Net Price: $3.90

Recommendations:
Book Report, Linworth Publishing
Booklist, American Library Association
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

Inside Front Cover:

Elsie McPhee and her younger brother, Tommy, live furtively with their mother, who teachers them at home and constantly warns that they are not to talk to strangers, or even neighbors. It is an isolated and lonely life for Elsie, and when she finally dares to ignore her mother’s rules and make a friend, the family is suddenly on the the move again, to another dreary furnished apartment in a different state. 

This latest upheaval prompts Elsie to begin to remember the time, four years ago, when her mother kidnapped her and Tommy, stealing them away from her father. When a possibly dangerous situation looms in the present, Elsie must find the courage to make a decision that could drastically change the lives of everyone in her family.

 

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