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Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave
by Jen White
 

Book Summary

Liberty and her eight-year-old sister have just lost their mother, and they're about to take a road trip with the father they have never known. He's a photographer, and Liberty shares his interest in wildlife - she knows a lot about ways that animals survive. But when she and Billie are abandoned at a gas station, hot and penniless, she'll have to use all her strategies to keep them together.
 
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave book cover
Survival Strategies of the Almost Brave

Book Review

Liberty has to shoulder a lot of responsibility in this book, as is true with many similar books about kids with disrupted home lives. She doesn't always make healthy decisions, but the book is still suitable for fifth grade readers.

Topics and Themes for this book:

 
  • Family Relationships; Siblings; Getting to Know Distant Father
  • Grieving the Loss of a Parent
  • Irresponsible/Negligent Parenting

 
  • Survival; Resilience
  • Bullying
  • Deciding Which People to Trust

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.


**Questions coming soon**

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