Friends of a Feather

illus. by Jed Henry. 144p. (The Life of Ty: Bk. 3). ebook available. Dutton. 2015. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780525422884.
Gr 2–4—Ty's best friend Joseph is coming back to school after spending months in the hospital being treated for leukemia. Ty is beside himself with excitement, ready to jump back into favorite activities with his pal. Unfortunately, Joseph is the center of attention in their second grade class and Ty finds himself frustrated and maybe a tiny bit jealous. As in the past entries, Ty's warm-hearted attitude and authenticity shine through. A generous typeface, sporadic illustrations, and short chapters make this series a fine choice for independent readers .
Ty is excited that his best friend Joseph is finally coming back to school after being in the hospital for a long time. Things don't quite feel normal, though, and Ty struggles to figure out why. Ty's authentic narrative voice continues to shine, while the black-and-white spot art captures his personality. Fans will want to stick around for Ty's next adventure.

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