Angel in My Pocket

Ilene Cooper

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When Bette finds an angel coin among the money collected in a carwash, she puts it in her pocket and forgets about it. But things start to change, especially once Gabby, a mysterious and kind new neighbor, moves into Bette’s Chicago building. Suddenly, Bette is able to face some big losses—her mother’s recent death; her sister’s departure for college—and move forward. And once the angel coin falls into the hands of three other kids in Bette’s class, their lives change, too. Soon, these two girls and two boys will be connected in ways that open them up to unlikely friendships and new ways to believe in themselves. Here is an entirely new twist on the angel trend.


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There was a pile of money on Bette Miller’s kitchen table. It was mostly change, but Bette spotted crumpled dollar bills, even a couple of fives and tens, hidden among the quarters and nickels.
Before getting down to the serious work of counting, she picked up handfuls of silver and let them fall through her fingers, enjoying the satisfying clinks as the coins touched the rest of the change. It made her feel rich.
Barbra, Bette’s older sister, had collected the money in a canister for a campus charity, standing in the street and knocking on car windows to get d


Praise for Angel in My Pocket

“The characters and setting are lovingly crafted, and readers will be left contemplating the roles of luck, magic, and inner strength in the kids’ transformed lives.”—Publishers Weekly

“A remarkably grounded tale.”—Chicago Tribune

Praise for Ilene Cooper:
“Lively . . . highly readable.”—School Library Journal for Jack: The Early Years of JFK
“Cooper traverses some hugely complicated territory . . . she’s on the mark when it comes to both the middle-grade milieu and young teens’ emotions.”—Booklist for Sam I Am

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ANGEL IN MY POCKET by Ilene Cooper | Kirkus Book Reviews
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  • Ilene Cooper

  • ILENE COOPER is the children’s book editor of Booklist. She is also the author of several novels, picture books, and works of nonfiction, including The Golden Rule, Sam I Am, and Jack: The Early Years of John F. Kennedy. She lives and works in Chicago.
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Angel in My Pocket

Ilene Cooper