Connecting Dots

Connecting Dots


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.

A Gutsy Girl Book

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About the Author

Sharon Jennings has written over 60 books for young people, many of them award winners and nominees. Home Free, the prequel to Connecting Dots, was nominated for a Governor General's Award, the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the Silver Birch Award. She has taught writing for young people to adults and toured the country visiting schools and libraries to talk to young readers. Sharon continues to write and edit from her home in Toronto.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 10, 2015

  • $9.95 Paperback

  • 192 Pages

  • Children's Fiction

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Ages 8-12 / Grades 5-7

  • ISBN: 9781927583623


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Family and Friendship
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Self-Esteem

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction


Awards for Connecting Dots

  • 16/17 Red Cedar Award Finalist – BC's Young Readers' Choice Award

Praise for Connecting Dots

"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

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

"... 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 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." - Children's Books Heal