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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429998390256 Pages, Ages 9-14
After the death of her beloved Gramps, Delores Colchester, better known as "Itch," moves with her grandmother from Florida to Ohio. Starting over is hard, and Itch feels like an outsider in her new school, until she becomes friends with popular baton-twirling Gwendolyn. On the outside, Gwendolyn seems perfect: talented, smart, and beautiful. But she has a dark secret, which Itch begins to suspect and soon discovers is true. "Speaking up takes courage," Gramps had always told Itch, and she's about to discover just how much.
Michelle D. Kwasney weaves a compelling story about child abuse, family, and friendship against the backdrop of the late 1960s.
Itch is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Kansas State Reading Circle, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book
Unjust: marked by injustice; unfair.
I have liked that word ever since it appeared on our spelling list in second grade. Right after, I began noticing how often Brother Thompson used it in his Sunday sermons....