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Ages: 9-12

Reading Levels

Grade: 5-7

Connecting Dots

Gutsy Girl

by: Sharon Jennings

For Cassandra, there's nothing romantic about being an orphan. Especially when it's not even true... 

After years of being passed around to various relatives, Cassandra Jovanovich has found a home where she feels she belongs. All she wants to do is forget her past and pursue her dream of becoming an actress. But her new friend, Leanna Mets, "the most annoying person she has ever met," wants to know how Cassandra became an orphan, and encourages her to write her story. Cassandra’s memories reveal how the death of her grandmother and the cruelty of the other adults in her life turned her into the distrustful, secretive twelve-year-old she is. But with friendship and the courage to continue her dream of acting, Cassandra might find a way to connect the dots in her life back together.

The companion to Home Free - finalist for the TD Children's Literature Award and Governor General's Award.

Release Date: March 10, 2015


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Finalist: 2016/17 Red Cedar Award – BC's Young Readers' Choice Award, Fiction


"Sharon Jennings holds nothing back in her depiction of Cassandra Jovanovich... Cassie is a convincingly resilient character." - Quill & Quire

"Spirited, inquisitive and quirky, “almost twelve-year old” Cassandra Jovanovich, exhibits such a fearlessness that despite all odds, the reader cannot help but admire..." - Recently Read blog

"...a well written book that keeps the reader engaged... Cassie’s character teaches empowerment through owning the experiences that have happened to her and making it into something she can use." - Resource Links

"The continuing storyline of Cassie proves she is a 'Gutsy Girl'...."CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The plot [of Connecting Dots] is strong, honest, tough and clever, with many twists and turns.  When you finish, you’ll want to cheer Cassandra for connecting the dots in her life." - Chidren's Books Heal


Reading Levels

Grade: 5-7

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