The Day Chubby Became Charles

The Day Chubby Became Charles

by Achim Broger, Emily Arnold McCully

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Gr 2-4-- A deftly created, tension-filled story that is resolved only at the very end. Julia arrives home from school to find a note explaining that her grandmother is ill and asking Julia to go to the store for a few groceries. Fear grips Julia, for Oma has never been sick before. On her way to the store, she meets Chubby, a silent hanger-on whom she usually tries to avoid. Wanting company, she allows Chubby to walk with her and realizes that he is a genuinely nice, caring person, just very quiet around most people. Chubby (Charles) helps Julia pass the time until her parents come home by showing her his secret place and listening to Julia's stories about Oma. Although most of the book recounts the good times Julia and Oma have had together, the underlying fear that Oma is dying or, perhaps, already dead, is never far from the children's or readers' minds. It is only in the final chapter that Julia and readers discover that although the fiesty Oma is suffering from the effects of aging, she is not about to die, and that she and Charles have become friends. A satisfying beginning chapter book from Germany, smoothly told. --Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

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1st ed
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7 - 10 Years

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