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While You Were Out

While You Were Out

by J. Irvin Kuns
Penelope wishes she were starting fifth grade with her best friend, Tim, who recently died of cancer. When everyone pairs off with friends from last year, Penelope is alone, with only her dad, the new janitor, to keep her company. Dad means well, but he keeps embarrassing her by acting more like a kid than a janitor. To ease her loneliness at school, Penelope begins writing secretly to Tim on "While You Were Out" notes. But when her messages mysteriously begin to be answered, Penelope realizes that she's not alone in missing Tim. This funny and moving story offers hope and comfort to children who have lost loved ones.
Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
4
Lexile Measure
740L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
S
Publisher
Dutton Books
Number of Pages
144
Genre
General Fiction

About the Author

J. Irvin Kuns

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