One Shadow on the Wall
One Shadow on the Wall
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One Shadow on the Wall

Written and illustrated by Leah Henderson
Published by Atheneum
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An orphaned boy in contemporary Senegal must decide between doing what is right and what is easy as he struggles to keep a promise he made to his dying father in this “stirring” (School Library Journal) debut novel laced with magical realism. Eleven-year-old Mor was used to hearing his father’s voice, even if no one else could since his father’s death. It was comforting. It was also a reminder that Mor had made a promise to his father before he passed: keep your sisters safe. Keep the family together. But almost as soon as they are orphaned, that promise seems impossible to keep. With an aunt from the big city ready to separate him and his sisters as soon as she arrives, and a gang of boys from a nearby village wanting everything he has—including his spirit—Mor is tested in ways he never imagined. With only the hot summer months to prove himself, Mor must face a choice. Does he listen to his father and keep his heart true, but risk breaking his promise through failure? Or is it easier to just join the Danka Boys, whom despite their maliciousness are at least loyal to their own? One Shadow on the Wall is about love and loss, family and friendship, and creating your own future—even when it’s hard to do.

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    Book Details

    ISBN
    9781481462969
    Publication Date
    June 12, 2018
    Page Count
    448
    Reading Age
    8 - 12 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    2016052694
    ASIN/ISBN 10
    1481462962
    Lexile® Level
    760L
    ATOS® Book Level
    4.9
    Accelerated Reader® Points
    15
    Accelerated Reader Quiz
    189939
    Accelerated Reader Interest Level
    MG

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