Thursday, August 27, 2009

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Reviewed by Mrs. Russell at Shatekon Fifth-grader Sam is prowling through the attic the night before his birthday trying to find where his grandfather Mack hid his present. Tomorrow, April 11 is his eleventh birthday. Instead of a present, he uncovers a newspaper clipping with a picture of him as a 3 year old with the name caption "Sam Bell" instead of his current name. This unbelievable and confusing discovery along with nightmares about drowning start Sam on a search for the truth about himself and his real family. Unfortunately, because of his reading disability, Sam can barely read the article or other clues. He finds a reading helper in his class partner the new girl, Caroline. As the two of them build their wooden castle school project they piece together the clues to Sam's past. His 11th birthday is the beginning to the surprising mysteries of the number 11 in Sam's life.

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