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. Volume XXI Number 27. . . .March 20, 2015
Mom has just told Cyrus and Rudy that their family is struggling financially and that they will need to move to a smaller house in order to make ends meet. Rudy is often anxious, and this news makes him more worried than usual. Rudy decides to try everything in his power in order to prevent the house from selling, concerned that their family cannot be the same without the house in which he has been raised.
Part of the “Orca Echoes” series, Not For Sale follows the conventions of other series titles, offering an age appropriate plot and funny characters. At just over fifty pages, with illustrations interspersed throughout, the length is manageable for readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books. The concept of what constitutes a family is suggested in the family make-up (Cyrus is adopted, their father works away from the family for extended periods) as well as in Cyrus’ focus on keeping their house, worried that it will change their family unit. Each character has their own quirks that are embraced and celebrated by their family members, and Cyrus shows a great deal of empathy towards his brother.
Sara Cassidy has written many titles for Orca and lives in British Columbia.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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