"Rorby cleverly offers only subtle hints that Sarah is African-American and Andy is white until late in the story, adding depth to this survival story framed within the story of an outsider. (Adventure. 12-14)"
Thirteen-year-old Sarah's new classmates at Glades Academy don't welcome her—she's there on scholarship, and her mother works in the school cafeteria.
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"Outweighing these concerns are the book's strong points: Buddy's distinctive voice and well-developed characterization, a beautifully evoked setting, and an emotionally satisfying conclusion. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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