Chasing Orion

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Candlewick Press, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 362 pages
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When a beautiful teen with polio enters their lives, a girl and her older brother find themselves drawn into a web of lies in this compelling novel by a best-selling author.

Eleven-year-old Georgie loves science-fiction movies, but she won’t be going to the theater anytime soon. It’s a hot Indiana summer in 1952, and public places from pools to camps are closing to slow the spread of polio. Despite all the headlines, Georgie never thought she’d come as close to the fearful disease as she does when she spies a silver glint in her neighbor’s yard. There she discovers a monstrous, hissing machine, and inside is Phyllis, a girl encased in an iron lung. "I have eighty-seven cubic centimeters of air, but you have the world," Phyllis tells her. Phyllis’s ability to breathe may be limited, but her strength to manipulate is boundless. As Georgie struggles to comprehend this once-gorgeous teenager’s life in a "coffin with legs," Phyllis slowly weaves a web of lies that snare all those around her, including Georgie’s quickly smitten brother. Can Georgie untangle the truth before Phyllis’s deception achieves its inevitable end?
 

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User Review  - librarian1204 - LibraryThing

Set in the 1950s during the polio epidemics, this is a many layered story. I am not sure how students today would handle this book. I think it would best be left to girls to find it on their own. Read full review

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User Review  - lkernagh - LibraryThing

This story was an interesting snapshot in time, seen through the eyes of eleven-year-old Georgie Mason. It is a hot, dry summer of 1952 in a quiet suburban area of Indianapolis, Indiana. Georgie's ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
12
Section 3
29
Section 4
35
Section 5
47
Section 6
67
Section 7
89
Section 8
99
Section 21
239
Section 22
259
Section 23
262
Section 24
276
Section 25
279
Section 26
285
Section 27
294
Section 28
298

Section 9
113
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
146
Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
182
Section 17
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Section 18
202
Section 19
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Section 20
225
Section 29
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Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
326
Section 33
334
Section 34
339
Section 35
342
Section 36
352
Section 37
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Section 38
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About the author (2010)

Kathryn Lasky is the author of many acclaimed fiction and nonfiction books, including ONE BEETLE TOO MANY: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CHARLES DARWIN and SUGARING TIME, a Newbery Honor Book. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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