Because of the Rabbit

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Scholastic Press, 2019 - JUVENILE FICTION - 183 pages
Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a sensitive and accessible book about the challenges of fitting in when you know you're a little different.

On the last night of summer, Emma tags along with her game warden father on a routine call. They're supposed to rescue a wild rabbit from a picket fence, but instead they find a little bunny. Emma convinces her father to bring him home for the night.

The next day, Emma starts public school for the very first time after years of being homeschooled. More than anything, Emma wants to make a best friend in school.

But things don't go as planned. On the first day of school, she's paired with a boy named Jack for a project. He can't stay on topic, he speaks out of turn, and he's obsessed with animals. Jack doesn't fit in, and Emma's worried he'll make her stand out.

Emma and Jack bond over her rescue rabbit. But will their new friendship keep Emma from finding the new best friend she's meant to have?

Newbery Honor-winning author Cynthia Lord has written a beautiful and sensitive book about being different and staying true to yourself.

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User Review  - bookappeal - LibraryThing

Cute, simple story about a homeschooled girl who starts going to public school in 5th grade and, at the same time, finds an abandoned or lost pet rabbit. Teachers lessons of what it means to be a ... Read full review

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User Review  - DonnaMarieMerritt - LibraryThing

Adorable! I can't wait to recommend this to my grade 4 and 5 library students. Universal themes are explored through Emma who 1) wants a best friend, 2) doesn't want to seem different, 3) is not sure ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance, A Handful of Stars, and Because of the Rabbit. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at

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