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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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