Acclaimed author Jane Breskin Zalben delivers a poignant coming-of-age story about two former friends who reconnect during the first year of middle school. Daniel and Krista drift apart when Krista develops a crush on Daniel's chief swim team rival. And then an allergic reaction during a routine dental procedure leaves Daniel paralyzed. But after Krista volunteers to help Daniel swim again and the two join forces in a school tadpole project, a remarkable series of emotionally moving events begins to unfold. "Eloquently expressing the power of hope and friendship ."-Publishers Weekly
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by Laura Shovan
by Tom Angleberger
by Gordon Korman
by Nancy Krulik
by Barry Lyga
by Dr. Joel M. Hoffman
by Greg van Eekhout
by Mac Barnett
by G. Brian Karas
"The unthinkable occurs when champion swimmer Daniel has an allergic reaction during routine dental work and becomes paralyzed. A dual narration by Jennifer Ikeda and Jonathan Todd Ross movingly presents the pain, confusion, and anger of Daniel and the people in his life. His father and his friends try to help. His mother leaves the family when she can no longer cope. Much-needed levity is provided by author and narrator alike with a quirky "Italian" grandmother and a Daniel's sweet little brother, Martin. Everyone involved has very real emotions and differing coping methods. Over time, Daniel and his best friend, Krista, make leaps in emotional growth, as do their friends and family. An excellent ending closes this realistic story of learning from adversity. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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