- Erin Entrada Kelly
- Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
- ISBN-10: 1432860356
- ISBN-13: 9781432860356
- DDC: Fic
- Shipping Weight: .95 lbs ( .43 kgs)
- 268 Pages | Hardcover
- Published/Released December 2018
A Newbery Medal Winner
In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.
They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.
Grades 3-7 | Age 8-12 | Lexile 690
Plucky protagonists and a deftly woven story will appeal to anyone who has ever felt a bit lost in the universe. Readers across the board will flock to this book that has something for nearly everyone— humor, bullying, self-acceptance, cross-generational relationships, and a smartly fateful ending.— School Library Journal (starred)
Four middle-schoolers' fates intertwine one summer in Kelly's touching tale of friendship. . . . Chapters alternate between the four kids' perspectives, infusing the story with their unique interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and doubts. . . . Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast.— Booklist (starred)
Kelly offers up a charming novel about a serendipitous friendship that forms among a trio of sixth graders after a bully's heartless act brings them together. . . . Infused with humor and hope, this book deftly conveys messages of resilience and self-acceptance through simple acts of everyday courage.— Publishers Weekly (starred)
Kelly's inventive story . . . is told from several supremely well-crafted perspectives. . . . The short chapters, compelling characters, and age-appropriate suspense will hook young readers immediately. . . . An original and resonant exploration of interconnectedness and friendship.— Kirkus Reviews (starred)