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December Stillness

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Summary

All 15-year-old Kelly McAllister wants to do after high school graduation is attend art school. Academic work isn’t important to her. When she studies at the library with her friends, she sometimes talks so much the librarian kicks her out. After her teacher pressures her to start working on her current events paper, Kelly decides she has to take the assignment seriously. The only trouble is she can’t think of a topic—until she discovers Mr. Weems, a homeless Vietnam vet who spends his days in the library. But writing about his plight isn’t so easy. First she must get to know him. Mary Downing Hahn creates a stirring portrait of a teenager discovering that complex problems require more than simple solutions. Narrator Julie Dretzin fully captures all the joy and despair swirling through this thought-provoking young adult novel.

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