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Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff

Eleven (2008)

by Patricia Reilly Giff

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Summary: This story is about a boy who sees to believe that he was possibly kidnapped as a child. He finds a sheet of paper in his attic that is a missing person add with a his picture but a different last name. He has to figure out how to find out more even though he has a serious reading problem. When he meets a new girl at school they become friends and they find out his past together because she needs a friend and he needs someone who can read the papers he finds. In the end it is found out to be a misunderstanding and that his family was his real family.

Uses: Great way to show that learning disabilities don't define a person and that we all have different strengths.

Genre: Realistic fiction- This book has no unrealistic occurrences in this book. It is all real life and fills into the realistic fiction genre.

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  swallace14 | Mar 3, 2016 |
This is the story of a young boy with dyslexia named Sam, who finds a newspaper article that says he is missing. He befriends a girl named Caroline and they try to discover together who Sam is and if he really is a missing child. This story is a good example of realistic fiction because the characters are not real, but the story seems realistic and like it could happen.

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  asukonik | Feb 27, 2016 |
This book is about a boy, named Sam, who has a learning disability. He has a hard time knowing how to read and write, possibly dyslexic. He has been abandoned by his parents and now lives with his grandparents. On a search for his presents, he ends up finding out that he went missing as a child. The question becomes, "Is he with his actual family, or was he kidnapped?"
How I would use it: This would be a good book for a dyslexic, learning disabled, or some similar thing to read. They could relate to Sam and his struggles. Another way I would use it, is for my teacher colleagues. The way the teacher handles Sam is very well done and should be observed.
Meets Requirements: this book is a great example of Contemporary Realistic Fiction because everything that happens could happen, and is a very relatable story. The contemporary setting of school is what makes it that much more relatable. ( )
  Bcruz14 | Feb 27, 2016 |
This was about a boy who whats to find out his past. He blocked out what had happened to him; so it's interesting to see him discover who he really is. The format is great, most chapters start out with recounts of stories. He finds out that who he is with is actually his grandpa, which is a huge relief to him. His disability is dyslexia, but he meets a friend who helps him move past this barrier by helping him read. She encourages him to read in the future. I really enjoyed this book! ( )
  NatalieCJones | Feb 24, 2015 |
Sam lives with his grandfather Mack above the shop, joined to Onji's restaurant and Anima's restaurant. One day, exploring the attic, Sam finds a newspaper clipping his picture that says "missing", throwing his world into confusion, but he can't read well at all, words looking like spiders on the page. With the help of a new girl at school, he sets out to fond answers. ( )
  AmandaLK | Feb 24, 2015 |
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To Conor Giff, eleven on February 18, 2008, with love
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Never mind being afraid of eleven right now.
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Who is Sam, and what do his strange dreams mean?

The shock of icy water as a boat crashes onto rocks feels real; so does the castle high above him that is almost hidden in the mists. And what about the number eleven woven into all those dreams?

The papers Sam finds in the locked box in the attic may hold the answers–if only he could read them. But to Sam, words are like spiders flexing their thin legs as they move across the page. Words are impossible. It’s wood that Sam understands, wood that he loves to shape and to build with.

Caroline, the new girl, who bursts into Sam’s classroom one day and warns him that she’s not there to stay, helps build a castle with him, and reads those papers. Together they set out to discover who Sam really is and where he belongs.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440238021, Paperback)

Sam must solve the mystery of who he really is.

Sam is almost 11 when he discovers a locked box in the attic above his grandfather Mack’s room, and a piece of paper that says he was kidnapped. There are lots of other words, but Sam has always had trouble reading. He’s desperate to find out who he is, and if his beloved Mack is really his grandfather. At night he’s haunted by dreams of a big castle and a terrifying escape on a boat. Who can he trust to help him read the documents that could unravel the mystery? Then he and the new girl, Caroline, are paired up to work on a school project, building a castle in Mack’s woodworking shop. Caroline loves to read, and she can help. But she’s moving soon, and the two must hurry to discover the truth about Sam.

★ “This psychological mystery explores a child’s deepest genetic need for belonging. An engrossing examination of a profound theme in the deft hands of a discerning author.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

★ “Exquisitely rendered story of self-discovery. . . . Given the author’s expertise at developing sympathetic characters and creating a suspenseful plot, readers will find the complexity of Sam’ vulnerabilities to be as
intriguing as the unfolding enigma of his past.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

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When Sam, who can barely read, discovers an old newspaper clipping just before his eleventh birthday, it brings forth memories from his past, and, with the help of a new friend at school and the castle they are building for a school project, his questions are eventually answered.… (more)

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