Back to school means different things for different people. I remember my own children getting excited on the first day back to school. New clothes, new supplies, new books, and catching up with their old friends.
But in many cases, back to school doesn't always mean the first day of school. It might mean the first day in a brand new school, or it might mean entering a new school nearing the end of the semester or school year.
For ten-year-old, Nikki Landry, from The Legend of Ghost Dog Island, her houseboat settles into a new bayou at least twice a year, and a new beginning means the end of her old school and her old friends. She has to deal with the sadness of losing her closest friend, and the fear of what bullies might await her in her new school. Nikki lives on the wrong side of the levee and gets the brunt of being called names, such as Levee Rat.
My childhood was much like Nikki's, and starting a new school several times a year was a challenge. But now that I look back on it, my growing up was riddled with new adventures with every new place we settled. As an adult, it has made me more flexible in the working world, which is always full of change.
For every child that has ever had to change schools in the middle of the year, this book will hit home. Join Nikki as she adapts to her new surroundings, and as she and her new-found friends search out clues to learn the truth about Ghost Dog Island's legend.
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