Connecting Dots

By Sharon Jennings

The Gutsy Girl Series

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Cassandra Jovanovich knows first-hand that it's not romantic to be an orphan, like her friend Lee's idol Anne of Green Gables. Especially when it's not even true... Sharon Jennings' anticipated follow up to "Home Free": a Silver Birch, Governor General, and TD Book Award Finalist.

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.

Praise & Recognition

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 & 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 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. Children's Books Heal

Red Cedar Book Award 2017 - Short-listed


Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Reading Age: 9 - 12

Genre: Children's Fiction, Middle Grade

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 192

ISBN: 978-1-927583-62-3

Sharon Jennings

About the Author

Sharon Jennings

Sharon Jennings is the author of many children’s books, including Home Free, which is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award and was nominated for the 2009 Governor General’s Awards and the 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. She lives in Toronto with her family.
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