Shoeshine Girl

Paperback | September 15, 2000

byClyde Robert Bulla

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Who ever heard of a shoeshine girl?

The last thing Sarah Ida wants to do is spend the summer with her Aunt Claudia. But when her parents send her away because of problems at home, that is exactly what she has to do. With no allowance and no fun to be had, Sarah Ida decides to look for a job. But who will hire a ten year old? Al, the shoeshine man, will!

Sarah loves her job, even if it means getting knee-deep in shoe polish everyday. Then something terrible happens and it looks like the shoeshine stand will have to close forever. If Sarah Ida wants to keep it open, she'll have to learn a few lessons about growing up along the way ...

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 When Sarah Ida’s parents send her to live with her Aunt Claudia, it seems terribly hard to adjust to the new place. But thanks to a great summer job and a supportive friend, Sarah learns a lot about life and important values, including respect, generosity and compassion. This poignant book by award-winning author Clyde Robert Bulla te...

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Who ever heard of a shoeshine girl?The last thing Sarah Ida wants to do is spend the summer with her Aunt Claudia. But when her parents send her away because of problems at home, that is exactly what she has to do. With no allowance and no fun to be had, Sarah Ida decides to look for a job. But who will hire a ten year old? Al, the sho...

Clyde Robert Bulla is the author of over fifty books for children including The Secret Valley and The Story of Valentine’s Day. He has been writing since 1946 when he published his first book, The Donkey Cart. Mr. Bulla was the first recipient of the Southern California Council on Children’s Literature award for distinguished contribut...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.25 inPublished:September 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0064402282

ISBN - 13:9780064402286

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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 When Sarah Ida’s parents send her to live with her Aunt Claudia, it seems terribly hard to adjust to the new place. But thanks to a great summer job and a supportive friend, Sarah learns a lot about life and important values, including respect, generosity and compassion. This poignant book by award-winning author Clyde Robert Bulla teaches some valuable lessons — but not in a lecturing voice. Shoeshine Girl also incorporates dynamic paintings by the revered artist Jim Burke that any young reader will appreciate as part of the story.

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"Psychologically sound, well-structured, satisfying in its realistic development [of character]."-- "C."