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Also Known As Harper

by Ann Haywood Leal


Harper Lee Morgan loves to write, needs to write, and is looking forward to nothing more than the program at school where she will read her poems. Unfortunately, her mama is having a hard time making enough money to support the family since Harper's father left. And so, their landlady throws them out. Now Harper's mama needs to pick up another job to pay for the cheap hotel they're in and that means Harper needs to stay home with her little brother—how can she read her poems in the school program if she can't even get to school? The book has a charming voice in the main character of Harper and the reader is quickly caught up in concern over this family. As things go from bad to worse, Harper and her family are faced with the real challenges of homelessness—but only for a moment. There are a good many conveniently happy coincidences in this book. The family's rescue from their problems is a little magical and unlikely but it would certainly be lovely to think single homeless mothers could find such rescues just waiting for them. For younger readers who aren't yet ready to face the more grim experience of homelessness, this novel gives just a quick scary peek into the possibilities. And even if a bit unlikely, the ending is sure to give any reader a warm glow as they worry about Harper and her family and her new friends. A great, engaging story.

The Book

Henry Holt
May 2009
Hardcover (reviewed as ARC)
978088816 / 0805088814
Contemporary fiction / Ages 10+
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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