Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
De Guzman, Michael.
New York : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004.
IL 5-8, RL 4.0
ISBN 0374306729
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When asked by the Headmaster of Chance Academy to state his personal philosophy of life, Beekman O’Day responds, “To stay in one place as long as I can”.  You see, Beekman has had enough moving around for a whole lifetime, fourteen homes and nine schools in his twelve years.  Beekman’s dad is always looking for the great business deal to come along, and when it doesn’t, they move to yet another apartment or rented room somewhere in Manhattan.   His dad is always saying, “Think big, live big”, but it looks like his latest scheme isn’t working and he’s looking to bail again.  Beekman takes a gamble on his own one big deal and finds a way, with the help of some eccentric neighbors, to make them grow some roots. Does he succeed? Read “Beekman’s Big Deal” to find out.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face 2007)
SUBJECTS:     Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
                        Moving, Household -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Self-realization -- Fiction.
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