Book review: Where I’d Like To Be

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Author:Frances O'Roark Dowell
Reading Level (Conceptual):Children 12 and up
Reading Level (Vocabulary):Children 8 and up
Year of publication:2003

A group of children abandoned to a group home and an apparently Asperger's-spectrum, intellectually gifted child, are united by a love of architecture, or building, at least, scrap-booking, and the stories told by an overly-imaginative housemate.

Not hard to read, although the stories of how the children came to live in the home are sad.

The book gets readers thinking about the fine line between imagination and lying, the need to escape mundane realities sometimes -- especially when one's life is nearly unbearable, and about the power of caring friends and adults.

-- Emily Berk

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