Body of Water by Sarah Dooley

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Twelve-year-old Ember’s trailer home has been burned in a fire set most likely by her best friend, a boy whose father believes Ember’s family are witches. Yes, Ember’s mom reads Tarot cards as a business. Ember’s friend set the fire to warn the family before his dad did something worse to them. The friend never intended to do so much damage.

Now the family is homeless, and living in a campground. They have no money. Ember’s beloved dog is missing. School is going to start, and Ember and her sister have no clean clothes, no notebooks. The only place Ember feels at peace is floating in the middle of the lake at the campground. She has to make a fresh start. Can she?

About Sarah Dooley

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As a child, SARAH DOOLEY lived twenty-four different places, including an abandoned post office, a tent, and a red cargo van. She now lives in rural West Virginia with her partner and their assortment of dogs, cats, and horses. When she is not writing, she has the pleasure of teaching, and being taught by, children with special needs. This is her first novel.
Published October 25, 2011 by Feiwel & Friends. 334 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Twelve-year-old Ember Goforth-Shook is not the most popular or pretty girl in school, and it is obvious that the community doesn’t understand or respect her family’s religion, which her mom describes as “Not Quite Wicca.” But things are not so bad, really, at least until a raging fire destroys th...

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Their paganism is why the one family member who is able to help them after the fire — Ember’s paternal Christian grandmother — refuses to offer assistance beyond her meager $50 gift, and could possibly have been the cause of the fire itself: Ember believes Anson set the fire after his parents dis...

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