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  • Jennifer Degenhardt The meaning you gave me
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The meaning you gave me
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The meaning you gave me
  • Jennifer Degenhardt The meaning you gave me

The meaning you gave me

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English graphic novel for intermediate learners. A wild cat in her backyard gives Iris a new purpose in her life.

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Iris is a typical fifth-grade student. She lives her life by waking up early to walk with her best friend Shay, going to school, and going back home with a quick good-bye from her now distant mother. As the only Asian American in her grade, she comes to realize how alone she feels until she meets Star, a black cat who resides in her backyard. 

Star is a solo wanderer who has many whiskered friends back home. While meeting Iris’s mother and Shay, he notices that a lot of people seem to avoid him for no apparent reason. Though Star doesn’t mind the judgment, Iris wants to prove false the superstition that black cats are bad luck. By defending Star, Iris learns to find fulfillment in her own identity.


  • 73 pages of story
  • graphic novel, manga-style
  • mostly present tense
  • contains no glossary

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Would you like to order a class set? We will give you a 10% discount on 25 or more copies of the same title. Please, order the novels via e-mail. Due to relatively small stock numbers, please allow 2-3 weeks for your order.

*All books and novels are copyright protected, which means that copying this book for use in your classroom is not permitted.

dieren / eenzaamheid / family / friendship / gezin / Jennifer Degenhardt / loneliness / prejudice / vooroordelen
Author Jennifer Degenhardt
Year of publication 2023
Number of pages 73
ISBN 9781956594409
Illustrated by L-MOMENT
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