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Half a Chance

by Cynthia Lord

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Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
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  • Published in USA  Feb 2014
    224 pages
    Genre: Novels

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When Lucy's family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera's lens, as her father has taught her - he's a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he's judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special - or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn't want to see: his grandmother's memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives ... including her own.

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"Starred Review. With winning results, Lord brings the same sensitivity to the subject of dementia that she brought to autism in her Newbery Honor book, Rules (2006). Ages 8-12." - Kirkus

"Through Lucy's thoughts and actions, Lord elegantly conveys how complex stories can be told through moments frozen in time. Ages 8–12." - Publishers Weekly

"Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. ...A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter" - School Library Journal

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Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Touch Blue. She made her picture book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel Happy Birthday, Hamster. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.CynthiaLord.com.

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