Chasing Orion

by Kathryn Lasky


Amazon Best Books of the Month, May 2010: Another sweltering summer in Indiana, and eleven-year-old Georgie can only dream of cooling off in the community pool. It's 1952, and many kids like her are stuck at home to avoid contracting polio. Georgie's curiosity and fears are piqued when her family moves next door to Phyllis, a teenage girl afflicted with the disease. In Chasing Orion, Newbery-honoree Kathryn Lasky (author of the Guardians of Ga'hoole series) explores how Georgie's new friend slowly twists the younger girl's sympathy into something destructive. An insightful and compassionate novel for readers ages 9 and up. --Lauren Nemroff

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