Bauer, Joan. Stand tall.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article
 
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Penguin Putnam, 192p c2002. 0-399-23473-X. $16.99. J *

Sam is known as "Tree" because he is already over 6' 3", even though he is only in seventh grade. He isn't athletic, like his older brothers, and his classmates tease him. His parents have recently divorced, and Tree finds it stressful to keep shuttling between their two households. To top it all off, his old dog is fading fast. But Tree still has some high spots in his life. He adores his grandfather, a funny, tough Vietnam vet who has just had part of his leg amputated, and finds satisfaction in helping him and in his knack for fixing and inventing things. Tree also helps out an outspoken new eighth-grade girl, Sophie, and they become friends...

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