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Project Wheels
     

Project Wheels

by Jacqueline Turner Banks
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- A group of friends spearhead a fund-raising project in order to buy a motorized wheelchair for a physically handicapped classmate. The typical obstacles of such an endeavor are encountered; the children's work culminates in a surprise party at which the chair is presented. Running parallel to this story line is another about friends growing up and having to cope with the changes occurring in one another as they approach puberty. Unfortunately, Banks's execution is weak. The book reads like an outline that hasn't been embellished. The characters do not materialize into substantial individuals, and the plot doesn't reach any kind of exciting climax. A bland offering. --Cheryl Cufari, N. A. Walbran Elementary School, Oriskany, NY
James Jeske
Angela Collins finds sixth grade perplexing. Faye, Tommi, and the twins Judge and Jury have been her best friends throughout grade school. Now the boys are suddenly self-conscious around the girls, while Faye develops abrupt crushes on the boys. Silly arguments spring up regularly and are just as quickly soothed. As junior high looms ominously near, Angela wonders if her reliable circle of friends will remain intact. Yet, the group works hard together on a school project to buy an electric wheelchair as a surprise for classmate Wayne De Voe, a boy with paralyzed legs, who's from a proud working-class family. Banks presents a story of adjustment to change that is full of smart, compassionate, and resourceful young people. Teachers and parents are portrayed as sources of support, but also as people with worries and shortcomings of their own. Add to middle school collections as a good story of enduring friendship in the face of uncertainty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395643785
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/01/1993
Pages:
107
Product dimensions:
5.76(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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