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you really need to experience life through the eyes of Margaret Rose. We meet her at summer camp, where "doesn't fit in" is the understatement of the century. We follow her to the home of her eccentric bachelor uncles, where she sets out on a crusade to save what is most precious to her.
"Outcasts" appeals on multiple levels. I look forward to introducing it to my 8th-graders, but I wonder if they are old enough to appreciate it fully. E. L. Konigsburg writes with an ear for the concerns/cares/fears/dreams of the pre-teen and emerging adolescent. Some will suggest that her characters are too precocious, that 12-year-olds don't talk or think like this, but, trust me, I know this child, I've taught her, more than once. And whether children this age talk this way or not, it is how many of them think, and wish they could talk.
Do I need to say I'm giving this one an exuberant thumbs up?
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