Shifty by Lynn E. Hazen

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Fifteen-year-old Shifty knows all about moving around and next to nothing about where he came from. When he's assigned to a new foster home and family, he tries hard to keep cool and stay out of trouble. But it seems like the more he tries to do the right thing, the more trouble he finds. As Shifty navigates a series of messy summer adventures, he struggles to find a balance between the street-wise spirit that has helped him survive and his longing for a place to call home. Lynne E. Hazen has created a fast-paced, page-turning plot full of surprises and warmth.  

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About Lynn E. Hazen

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Lynn E. Hazen, M.A., M.F.A., writes books for children and young adults filled with humor, heart and hope. Kirkus Reviews praised her young adult novel, Shifty, as "a realistic story that resonates." Shifty was chosen for VOYA's (Voice of Youth Advocates magazine) Top Shelf Fiction, as a CCBC Choice, and as a Smithsonian Notable. Lynn's books for younger readers include: Cinder Rabbit, the Amazing Trail of Seymour Snail, Buzz Bumble, and Mermaid Mary Margaret. Lynn earned an M.F.A. in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College where she won the Houghton Mifflin Scholarship. She also holds an M.A. in Education from San Francsico State University and a B.S. in Applied Behavioral Sciences from U.C. Davis.Lynn lives in Northern California and enjoys giving presentations at schools, libraries, conferences, and literary events. She teaches classes in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Stanford Continuing Studies. Check her website for a free downloadable teacher's guide, a cool Shifty Card activity (with free pdfs & how to video) and more.>
Published March 23, 2011 by Tricycle Press. 194 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nicknamed Shifty, Soli has had to use his survival skills for so long that he has a hard time leaving the streets behind when he lands in his new foster family.

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Hazen’s title character (call him Soli, please) is a pragmatically adaptable foster child of fifteen who roams San Francisco in his guardian’s van without a driver’s license.

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Hazen also incorporates recovery through her characters as well as discovery as Soli tries to understand how he ended up in foster care while Sissy tries to forget her violent life before she was taken away from her family.

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