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Lears, Laurie ; ill. by Karen Ritz.
Morton Grove, Ill. : Albert Whitman & Co., 2000.
IL K-3 RL 2.7
ISBN 0807506338
Ben is a good reader but he doesn't like to read aloud in class.  At lunch, he buries his head in a book so he won't have to talk to the other students.  He tries everything to get out of Sharing Time on Monday mornings.  It's not that Ben is shy.  It's just that he stutters.  He hates the way he sounds.  He hates it when other kids make fun of him.  He would rather just not talk.  Every Friday, Ben and his dad go to the junkyard to find car parts for Ben's dad's job.  When Ben spots a new dog at the yard, he is immediately drawn to him.  Each week he looks forward to spending time with Spike.  When the junkyard owner tells Ben and his dad that he is sending the dog to the pound since he is a lousy watchdog, Ben is heartbroken.  Now, it is up to him to speak his mind to save Spike.  Can Ben talk when he has something to say?  Find out in the book BEN HAS SOMETHING TO SAY by Laurie Lears.
SUBJECTS:     Stuttering -- Fiction.
                        Dogs -- Fiction.


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