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2018 Nominee

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles

By Shari Green. Published in 2016 by Pajama Press

Eleven-year-old Bailey longs for miracles. She and her younger brother are spending a month on Arbutus Island with a spoon-stealing grandmother they haven’t previously met while their parents are at Marriage Repair camp. As Bailey’s new friend Daniel, a boy with cystic fibrosis, demonstrates his capacity to live in the present, Bailey learns to think about things she can change, and things she can’t, in a more mature and positive way. Family secrets, as well as unique and complex characterizations, make this a light-hearted yet evocative page-turner.

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4 thoughts on “Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles

  1. Wildwood

    I really liked this book. because it’s a book that like and i don’t like chapter books and its interacting for means its sooooooooooo amazing but haven’t quit finished the book

  2. Springbank Middle School

    This is a beautifully written novel in verse. Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles tackles some serious problems common among young people today. Told in verse, this novel describes the journey of a girl faced with heartbreak—her parents are likely getting divorced and her family is falling apart. Unfortunately, not everything can be fixed, but sharing a problem with someone who loves her can make it easier to bear. I was impressed at how the author developed such memorable characters using free verse. The plot was compelling and the pacing of the story was swift and effortless. Darlene


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