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Don't Stand So Close to Me

by Eric Walters

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Description

Thirteen-year-old Quinn and her friends can't believe their luck when spring break is extended an extra two weeks—even if it's because of some virus. But when the impact of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic becomes apparent, everyone, not just the students, has to learn to adjust to their new reality. Quinn’s father is an ER doctor and has to self-isolate to protect his family from the virus. Isaac’s mother is the chief of police and now has to enforce new physical-distancing bylaws. Reese can’t visit her grandmother in her care home anymore. And their entire school has moved to online classes. Sacrifices have to be made to keep everyone safe, but there’s more to life than rules and scary news reports. In an effort to find some good in all this uncertainty, Quinn comes up with an idea that she hopes will bring the entire community together.

About the Author
Eric Walters began writing as a way to get his fifth-grade students interested in reading and writing. A Member of the Order of Canada, he has now published more than 100 novels and picture books. He is a tireless presenter, speaking to over 100,000 students per year in schools across the country. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
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Editorial Reviews

“Wow - just wow! I LOVED it! Great story, cute without being overly so, funny, honest and fast- paced.”

— Kristen Badger, Media Specialist, Switzerland Point Middle School, Jacksonville, Florida

“It’s a positive story about a very negative event that will be one for the history books. Don’t Stand So Close to Me takes readers into the pandemic of their experiences and, while teaching them important safety concerns that not all children will have learned about, reassures and provides hope.”

— Helen Kubiw, CanLit for Little Canadians

“Navigates the experience of this unique time period with heart. I couldn't put it down. My students won't be able to either.”

— Kim Moss, Teacher-Librarian, Creekside Middle School, Bentonville, AR

“Walters certainly has his pulse on world events and the minds of young people. So true is the narrative of this timely book, that it reads like nonfiction as much as fiction. Walters helps readers to identify, connect and make sense of a powerful turning point in history. Eric Walters, you are a hero!”

— Larry Swartz, author of <i>Teaching Tough Topics</i>

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