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Carol Matas
Toronto, Scholastic Canada, 1994. 80pp. paper, $3.95
ISBN 0-590-74587-5. (Shooting Star). CIP

Grades 2-4 / Ages 9-11

Reviewed by Adele M. Fasick

Volume 22 Number 5
1994 October

Eight-year-old Roz feels that she has problems. Her younger brother, Ben, torments her at home and even wanders into her classroom at school. She is afraid of the class bully, Curtis, and is irritated at having to take orders from her best friend, Sam.

But her troubles really begin when she wears an heirloom locket to school and finds that it has disappeared from her desk. Unwilling to tell either the teacher or her parents about the loss of the locket, Roz asks her friends to help her find it. Spunky Roz eventually discovers who has taken the locket and, with a little help from Ben, eventually recovers it. Along the way she learns some useful lessons about dealing with bullies, friends and even little brothers.

This slight book deals with realistic problems and should interest children ready to start reading chapter books.

Adele M. Fasick is a professor in the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario.

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