Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Howie Bowles and Uncle Sa

Academic journal article New England Reading Association Journal

Howie Bowles and Uncle Sa

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Title: Howie Bowles and Uncle Sa

Author: Kate Banks

Illustrator: Isaac Millman

85 pages

Reviewers: Joshua Bull-Maring and Eric Choiniere

Howie Bowles is in the third grade. He is eight years old and has a new little sister, named Luci. The story takes place in Howie's home and at his school. At the start of the school year, his teacher makes a birthday chart. Howie's birthday is

February 13. One of his classmates tells Howie that 13 is an unlucky number and she must be right because that same day, Howie gets a phone call telling him that he owes "Uncle Sam" $112.15.

Howie doesn't know whose uncle Uncle Sam is and he knows he doesn't have that much money. Howie is worried about how he will get the money - almost $97. …

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