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Finding Perfect Paperback – 15 October 2019

4.8 out of 5 stars 129 ratings

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1250294134
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1250294135
  • Reading age : 8 - 12 years
  • Customer reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 129 ratings

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"This first-person narrative of an increasingly common behavioral-health issue will undoubtedly be a useful tool for both classroom and group discussion." --Kirkus Reviews

"First-time author Swartz creates a clear, moving portrayal of obsessive-compulsive disorder through the authentic voice of middle schooler Molly Nathans." --Publishers Weekly

"With middle school friendships and family relationships at its heart, this novel offers an empathetic guide to coping with a mental health issue." --School Library Journal

"A powerful but not overpowering novel, informing audiences about OCD with tact and acceptance through an accessible and relatable cast of characters. . ." --The Bulletin

"The exploration of OCD is thorough and compelling, and the book is as well researched (including a list of consulted resources) as it is gently written." --Booklist

"Elly Swartz's extensive research into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is evidenced by the authenticity of Molly's voice and perspective. Readers will share in Molly's journey from pain to healing in this excellent debut novel." --School Library Connection

About the Author

Elly Swartz grew up in Yardley, Pennsylvania, where she lived a happy childhood filled with laughs, family dinners, and crooked birthday cakes. She studied psychology at Boston University and received a law degree from Georgetown University School of Law. The mother of two grown sons, Elly now lives in Massachusetts with her husband. Finding Perfect was her debut novel.

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Amanda Schreiber
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Needed for Middle Grade Classroom Libraries!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Needed for Middle Grade Classroom Libraries!
Reviewed in the United States on 17 March 2017
Elly Swartz has filled a void for middle grade readers dealing with OCD. They finally have a book to share their story. I'm a fifth grade teacher and I notice so much anxiety & OCD tendencies in my fifth graders striving for perfect. Molly's character is perfect for discussing why students need to find perfect in their lives and offer help and hope. This book is a heart print text for me and Elly Swartz's characters and writing captured the hearts of my Mock Newbery book club readers. We have four copies in my classroom and they are still be circulated and passed around. Students with OCD or anxiety or just struggle to find some order and control in their lives would greatly benefit from Molly's story.

Molly's character is realistic & lovable. My heart ached to help Molly throughout her journey. I can't wait to read more books from Elly Swartz in the future! This was a favorite of 2016 and a book that should be in all classroom libraries!
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Jennifer Druffel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Book For Any Kid
4 January 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
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Melissa Roske
5.0 out of 5 stars FINDING PERFECT, charts 12-year-old Molly’s struggle with obsessive-compulsive behavior
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the use of Molly's poetry-slam poems throughout the book ...
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Tracy Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars ... mind of a young lady who was trying her best to hold her little world together by finding or ...
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