FICTION

The Second Chance of Benjamin Waterfalls

Feiwel & Friends. Apr. 2022. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250811561.
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Gr 5 Up–Benjamin Waterfalls is used to being in trouble, but when his most recent shoplifting lands him a sentence in ‘boot camp’ with his Ojibwe family, it turns out to be so much more than he’s expecting. Not only does he find himself required to live with his dad who left Benjamin behind years ago, he’s also forced to help the Chief’s mysterious daughter teach people how to be their best selves. Will Benjamin find his own way, or is everything just an elaborate trick to embarrass him for his actions? Set in modern-day Grand Portage, MN, this realistic fictional tale of redemption and retribution leans heavily on Ojibwe traditions to find family healing.
VERDICT A heartfelt, endearing, and inspiring story of second chances and first steps toward greatness. Recommended for purchase.

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