Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers
This is the story of a single mother trying everything she can to support her daughter, who struggles socially and academically in school. Plan after plan, rewards and consequences, but Gwendolyn struggles to keep it together, no matter how much she wants to. She once read a counselor's file about herself and identified fifty-four problems about herself - how can she ever fix a list that long? The only person who seems to understand is her half brother - but Gwendolyn's mom and Tyler's mom don't exactly support their time together. Gwendolyn loves horses, but after she gets kicked out of the stables after a behavior incident, will she have to watch as her friends get to go to horse camp without her?
Caela Carter writes imperfect adults and kids with honesty and complexity. This is an excellent book for friends, parents, teachers, and kids to pick up to know that A) many school systems don't work for everyone and B) you're not alone.
"Anger has been in his shell for days, eating and sleeping and eating and sleeping. He's gotten bigger and bigger each time I locked the shell and didn't let him out. Now he explodes so suddenly, he sends shards of shell flying all through the schoolyard. He's escaped. He's all over my body, bruising up my organs, making me lose control."
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