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Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
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Half a Chance

by Cynthia Lord

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Cynthia lord has a wonderful way of capturing the emotions of her characters and helping the reader to empathize with them. I loved this book. ( )
  mpettit7974 | Dec 21, 2017 |
This is a heartwarming story. Lucy is a bit lonely because her family moves a lot and her dad travels for work. He is a famous photographer and Lucy tries to take photos that compare. She finds an ad for a photo scavenger hunt that her father is judging and decides to take photos to fit the categories, just for fun. She makes friends with Nate, whose family is staying at the house next door for the summer. Nate helps her with the photos and Lucy helps him keep an eye on the loons that nest on the lake. The photo scavenger hunt was a fun part of this story. Lucy and Nate come up with some clever photos to fit the different categories. The loons provide an environmental side to the story and a bit of sadness. Nate and Lucy take pictures and notes for the Loon Preservation Committee. Nate's grandmother is dealing with some health issues, and this is a difficult thing for Nate to understand. This may be her last summer at the lake. "At some point, you just have to choose. And then be brave enough to stand up to the people who think you made the wrong choice." - Chapter 18
  Jadedog13 | Aug 27, 2016 |
What I really liked about this children's book is its lack of angst, magic, or bullying, which tend to be thematic in today's children's literature. I believe sometimes children just need to read a in order to experience the story of life. Half a Chance is a simple sweet story about a little girl who has moved around the country with her family quite often; her father has wanderlust and is a famous photographer. She is ready to settle down and just live her life in one spot. When she and her parents move to a little town in New Hampshire, they take up residence at a house on a lake. She meets the boy next door and his family, and she becomes enchanted by the loons on the lake. She enters a photography contest, and the book revolves around her taking photographs, but also forming friendships. It's a true to life story, told beautifully. As a child this is the sort of book I would have gravitated toward. I would highly recommend it to anyone with children 4th grade and up. ( )
  Dmtcer | May 4, 2016 |
Lucy and her family move to a house by the lake in New Hampshire. When she gets there she meets the neighbors, who include grandma Lilah and Nate, a boy her same age. Almost immediately after moving in, her father takes on a photo assignment in Arizona that will keep him away most of the summer. Lucy is bummed that her dad is leaving but finds out about a photography contest for kids and decides to secretly enter even though her dad is one of the judges. She wants to impress her dad with her pictures without him knowing that she took them. Lucy and Nate become fast friends and spend the summer by the lake snapping pictures, visiting the coots nest, and exploring the wilderness and wildlife in New Hampshire. A fun summer read for middle grade readers. - SB

This book was such a treat and delight! The study of the loons and their behavior was fascinating! Cynthia Lord had not written a book in many years. Her last book was titled Rules and was very well done. Definitely plan to read both these book titles. They are a real treat. -ER ( )
  WhitneyYPL | Apr 2, 2016 |
I enjoyed it, but I don't think many children will. ( )
  EmilyRokicki | Feb 26, 2016 |
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It must take courage to fly, to trust the wind to hold you as it lifts you away from all you've ever known. To know inside you're heading where you're meant to go- even if you have never been there before" Lucy makes these comments about the baby loon, leaving the lake for the first time, but it is also about Grandma Lilah, and her decent into dementia and her life decline. Having the spiritual bravery to trust in God to carry you off to the next place. Very touching and moving.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545035333, Hardcover)

A moving new middle-grade novel from the Newbery Honor author of RULES.

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:53 -0400)

Lucy, with her mother and her photographer father, has just moved to a small rural community in New Hampshire, and with her new friend Nate she plans to spend the summer taking photos for a contest, but pictures sometimes reveal more than people are willing to see.… (more)

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