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Holmes, Sara Lewis.
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books,  2009
IL 3-6, RL 4.9
ISBN 0545107954
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Meet Bo Whaley who attends the run down base school at the Air Force base in Reform, North Carolina, where his father is commander. Bo has the reputation for being a bit of a trouble maker at school, much to the dismay of his father.  But he really likes his new teacher, Miss Loupe, and especially enjoys the lessons in improvisational theater.   Most of Bo’s classmates, as well as his teacher, have been touched by the war in the Middle East as parents and siblings are deployed there or transferred to other bases in supportive roles.  Even Bo’s family is concerned when his aunt is sent to Iraq and his cousin Gari comes to live with them.    When Miss Loupe’s brother is reported missing in Afghanistan, she is consumed by grief and worry.   Bo rallies the class in a project to support her and her family.  The project snowballs into a community effort of praise for all enlisted servicemen and women.   Take a room full of sixth graders and a new teacher who loves art and improvisational theater.   Mix these together for an exciting look at the power one group of kids have when they work together for a cause.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2011-2012)
SUBJECTS:     Teachers -- Fiction.
                        Acting -- Fiction.
                        Military bases -- Fiction.
                        Schools -- Fiction.
                        Cousins -- Fiction.

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