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The New Girl
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.45

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    longer, normally, handicap, kids, girl, there, able, another, different, class, means, learn, name, herself, other, trouble


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The New Girl
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     "Mom, there is a new girl in our class," Susie said. "Her name is Kayla, and no one likes her."
 
2     "Why not?" her mother asked.
 
3     "She is different. She takes so long to learn things. She doesn't even know how to tie her shoes," Susie said.
 
4     "Does Kayla look different?" her mother asked.
 
5     "A little bit," Susie said. "I can't say how, but she just seems different.
 
6     "The other kids pick on her, too. The teacher said she has a mental handicap. What does that mean?" Susie asked.
 
7     "It means that she learns things more slowly," her mother said. "She may take longer to learn how to be a friend. She may have trouble being able to take care of herself."
 
8     "She goes to another class sometimes," Susie said.
 
9     "Kayla may need help with learning and with solving problems," her mother said.

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