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Summary: Martha lives with her mom, dad and brother. No one in her family trusted her, so she couldn't do anything. Her brother got all of the attention, so Martha did good things to prove she could be trusted. This is a coming-of-age novel with a child in foster care as the main character.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 10 and up; read yourself: 9 and up
Interest Level: 10 and up
Reading Level: 4.1
Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.
Young Reader Reaction: I picked this because I like drama books. The book surprised me. After the first chapter I thought it would be boring, but it wasn't. I liked Shifty this book because it shows what it would be like if you were in the same situation as Martha. You could do what she does to gain trust.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending
Pros: Shifty has a good story line and everything makes sense.
Cons: There were a lot of hard words.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book. I have a friend whose parents don't trust her so she could get some tips from Martha.
Educational Themes: This is a good selection for independent reading, small group reading, or book clubs.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 5.7 The author donated an Advance Review Copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.