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"Finding Perfect" by Elly Swartz


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A girl deals with friendship, family, and OCD in this classic-feeling, debut middle-grade novel by Elly Swartz.


To Molly Nathans, perfect is:


• The number four

• The tip of a newly sharpened number two pencil

• A crisp, white pad of paper

• Her neatly aligned glass animal figurines


What’s not perfect is Molly’s mother leaving the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are often broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Slam Poetry Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with table cloths. Molly’s sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?


But as time goes on, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly’s world from spinning out of control.






Publication date: #October2016 #2016year

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