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A heartwarming and unique middle school story with a fabulous Maine setting, THE BATTLE OF JUNK MOUNTAIN features a 12-year-old girl named Shayne having a VERY different summer vacation with her grandmother than she expected. Her summer BFF is otherwise occupied, the new next door neighbor is a cranky old man, and her grandmother has developed a concerning hoarding problem. Greenberg has done an excellent job making the reader feel as if they are on the coast of Maine, just about to head out on a lobster boat for the day. In addition, she has just the right touch with Shayne’s middle school emotions and her concern for her grandmother. The hoarding issue is dealt with in a sensitive manner, perfect for this age level.
Highly recommended for middle school libraries. Appropriate for younger readers down through grade 4.
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