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Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12

Second in Command

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Author: Sandi Van
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8262-2 • $25.80 | $19.40
eBook: 978-1-5383-8331-5 • $25.80 | $19.40
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8261-5 • $16.35 | $14.20
Sixteen-year-old Leo dreams of becoming an Eagle Scout and, someday, a police officer. He makes sure to always do the right thing and be responsible. With his mom deployed and his dad constantly working, Leo is often left in charge of his two younger siblings. Then Leo's brother, Jack, gets caught up in a dangerous plot that rocks the community. Can Leo keep his promise to stand by his brother no matter what, or will he stand on the side of justice?
“[A] heartfelt debut novel that explores the challenges facing military families left at home…effectively utilizes verse to impeccably convey the feelings of sadness, anger, displacement, and lack of belonging of young people on the brink of adulthood…Reluctant readers will enjoy exploring Leo’s loyalty to his family and ideals, strong threads woven through the fabric of this emotional story.” —Kirkus
“Teens overwhelmed by a parent called up for active duty will connect with this quick read that depicts young people confronting life without the benefit of a consistent parental presence. VERDICT: This novel in verse is recommended for reluctant readers, especially in areas where there is a large military population.” —School Library Journal

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About the Author:
Sandi Van is a writer, counselor, and former special education teacher from Buffalo, New York. Her nonfiction piece, “Labor and Delivery” was featured in Adoptive Families Magazine and her poetry won recognition in the Elmira Star-Gazette and the PennWriters’ In Other Words contest. Sandi is a Navy wife and has witnessed the struggles families face when a parent is deployed. Her book is inspired by and dedicated to those families.