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Edward Bogard may be blind, but he can learn just about anything he sets his mind to, so when he finds that he has a natural golfer's swing, he turns to Birdie, the kooky girl next door to help him learn about more than just golf.
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Dan Gutman is the author of many novels for children, including four other Million Dollar books: The Million Dollar Strike, The Million Dollar Goal, The Million Dollar Kick, The Million Dollar Shot; the Funny Boy books; and Virtually Perfect(winner of the Nevada Young Readers' Award a Virginia Young Readers' Award nominee). He lives with his family in New Jersey.
Visit his website,www.dangutman.com
Grade 6-8–A sweetly told story about the budding friendship between two young people and their understanding of one anothers differences. Bogie is a blind teenager with a lot of insight when it comes to taking chances, seeing the world, and eventually mastering the game of golf. Birdie has asthma and lacks the confidence even to ride a bike, until she finds her purpose: assisting Bogie with his game. When they consider the idea of entering a golf tournament, Bogies family secrets are divulged, helping to clear up some of the mysteries surrounding his mothers death and his fathers lack of interest in golf. This novels appeal is enhanced by humorous, lively dialogue; the innocence of the main characters; and the positive portrayal of their relationship and disabilities. An interesting read.–Hope Marie Cook, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
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