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Leaving Fletchville
By (author): René Schmidt
9781551439457 Paperback, Trade English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues Rural Ontario Oct 01, 2008
$9.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 x 0.5 in 168 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
IODE Violet Downey Book Award nominee 2009, Short-listed Red Maple Award nominee 2010, Short-listed CCBC Best Books 2010, Commended
Fathers come in all shapes and sizes.

Brandon is the biggest and toughest kid in his small-town school. He is feared as a bully, but he only pretends to be "dumb as a bag of hammers," so he can learn as much as possible about the people around him. When Leon, his sister Winnie, and their lively little brother Sam, arrive in Kingsville, they are the only black people in town. Everyone is curious about them—where they came from, what their parents do—but when Brandon discovers the truth about their situation, he decides to do what he can to protect them from harm.

Rene Schmidt always wanted to write books, but only got Cs in high school. He has traveled many countries and worked as a miner, taxi and truck driver, construction worker and ship's crew. He eventually entered university where he discovered the creative writing department. Now he is a father and teacher in Brighton, Ontario, encouraging boys to read and write. For more information about Rene, visit .

"With his debut novel, René Schmidt gives voice to the children who fall through the cracks, whose struggles go unnoticed, whose responsibilities deprive them of the luxuries of childhood...An engaging read that teachers will love to discuss with their students. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Tremendous fun to read... truly heartwarming." - CBC Radio's All Points West

"A novel about growing up and putting others first. The characters are both endearing and realistic." - Resource Links

"The kind of book that might well appeal to boys who are having trouble in school, but trying to find other ways to make a difference in the world. The author's simple, unadorned style makes it a good choice for reluctant readers." - School Library Journal

"In his funny and touching novel, Schmidt thoughtfully crafts characters to whom readers will relate. The book's tone is frank when dealing with serious issues yet retains a certain innocence." - VOYA

"A rewarding story credibly anchored in the realism of school procedures established by the author... Highly recommended." - The Bookmark (BCTLA)

"A fine read. The plot unfolds episodically but smoothly - with both action and humour...The real strength is Brandon's completely authentic voice." - Canadian Children's Book News

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