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Monday, October 25, 2010

Justin Case by Rachel Vail

Justin, the third grader in Justin Case, is a big worrier. His diary takes us through his 3rd grade year, as he deals with being in a class without his two best friends, and having a teacher who is scary to him. His family gets a dog, and he hates taking him on walks because Qwerty the dog pulls on the leash; he isn't any good at sports; and he is afraid of all sorts of things. This is a gentler version of life than that in Diary of a Wimpy Kid, with less irony but more than a touch of humor. Justin grows throughout the year. An insightful, enjoyable and accessible read, with a New York City setting. (245 p.)

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