Keeping Captain

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“Great read for middle school students! This novel speaks to readers who have experienced the anxiety of moving, love of animals, changes in family dynamics, competition, and friendship. Although it is set in the late sixties, the themes will resonate with today’s middle level readers, as well as adults. Readers will find Carly’s relationship with her grandfather heartwarming and bittersweet, as she recalls his words of wisdom during a tumultuous summer. The author’s positive message of perseverance, strength, and selflessness will inspire young readers. Great choice for reluctant readers, as the pace is quick and engaging.” Cynthia Stogdill, Library Media Specialist, Fremont Public Schools

N. L. Sharp is a Nebraska children’s author and educational writing consultant. Her picture books Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad and Effie’s Image are both former Nebraska Golden Sower nominees, and The Flower Girl, The Ring Bear: A Flip-Over Book was selected for a Nebraska Center for the Book Award. Keeping Captain is her first novel for middle-grade readers. Visit Sharp’s website at to learn more about Sharp and her books. Teachers looking for Sharp’s ideas and suggestions to enhance the teaching of writing in their classrooms will find that at

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