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Series: Orca Currents   

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Annotation: Grieving the loss of a local homeless man and her family's apple tree, thirteen-year-old Liza seeks healing through gardening.
Catalog Number: #5233721
Format: Paperback
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Publisher: Orca Books
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2011
Pages: 128
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-554-69849-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-554-69849-3
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2010942077
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Horn Book (Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 CDT 2011)
Word Count: 14,141
Reading Level: 3.7
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.7 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 143410 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.3 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q53413
Lexile: HL590L
Guided Reading Level: T
Fountas & Pinnell: T
I picture him in his dirty clothes, with his knotted hair, and I feel annoyed. I am tired of feeling bad for him. It isn't my fault he was the way he was.

Life is full of challenges for thirteen-year-old Liza. She is already having trouble coping with the death of a local homeless man when she learns that her family's apple tree will need to be chopped down. If that wasn't enough, the new principal at school keeps blocking her attempts for a positive outlet by refusing permission for every project that GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and BRRR! (Boys for Renewable Resources, Really!) proposes. Liza starts to feel like she needs to create change in her world without seeking permission. When she chooses the school grounds as the site for her latest endeavor, she may have gone too far.