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Half a Chance

By Cynthia Lord   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545035347 Paperback
224 Pages | 5.25" x 7.58" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545035330 Hardcover
224 Pages | 5.74" x 8.57" | Ages 8 to 12

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545620833 Ebook
224 Pages | Ages 8 to 12

A moving middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of Rules, now in paperback!

When Lucy’s family moves to an old house on a lake, Lucy tries to see her new home through her camera’s lens, as her father has taught her — he’s a famous photographer, away on a shoot. Will her photos ever meet his high standards? When she discovers that he’s judging a photo contest, Lucy decides to enter anonymously. She wants to find out if her eye for photography is really special — or only good enough.

As she seeks out subjects for her photos, Lucy gets to know Nate, the boy next door. But slowly the camera reveals what Nate doesn’t want to see: his grandmother’s memory is slipping away, and with it much of what he cherishes about his summers on the lake. This summer, Nate will learn about the power of art to show truth. And Lucy will learn how beauty can change lives. . . including her own.

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Praise for Half a Chance

*“[Lord] has combined vivid, cinematic description with deft characterization and handles several important issues with sensitivity, nuance, and great skill. . . A deeply enjoyable read.” —School Library Journal, starred review

*“Lord offers a tender treatment of early adolescent needs and struggles in this thoughtful coming-of-age novel. . . With subtle but effective imagery and a relatable protagonist, the title speaks to both human loneliness generally and the plight of a young girl in need of friendship.” —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review