I haven't read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder . --Jennifer Niven, author of All the Bright Places A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel for fans of Counting by 7s , Walk Two Moons, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time . 11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan--named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets hell uncover--from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew. Jack Chengs debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time. "Stellar." -- Entertainment Weekly Life-embracing. -- The Wall Street Journal "Works beautifully." -- The New York Times Book Review Irresistible. -- The Chicago Tribune The best I've read in a long, long time. --Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s Riveting, inspiring, and sometimes hilarious. --Kirkus , starred review A propulsive stream-of-conscious dive. -- Publishers Weekly , starred review A gift--a miracle. --Paul Griffin, author When Friendship Followed Me Home Exuberant. --Booklist "Full of the real kind of magic." --Ally Condie, author of Matched "Absorbing, irresistible." --Common Sense Media Incredible. --BookRiot "Full of innocence and unwavering optimism." --SLC "Inspiring." --Time for Kids Powerfully affirms our human capacity for grace and love and understanding. --Gary D. Schmidt, author of Okay for Now
A twelve-year-old boy, the sole survivor of a tragic plane crash, finds reasons for hope and love in this riveting, life-affirming, luminous novel for readers of Little Fires Everywhere and The Immortalists . One summer morning, Flight 2977 takes off from Newark headed for Los Angeles. There are 191 passengers aboard: among them a Wall Street wunderkind; a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy; an injured vet returning from Afghanistan; a septuagenarian business tycoon battling cancer; a free-spirited woman running away from a controlling husband; and two beleaguered parents moving across the country with their adolescent sons. The younger of these boys, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, becomes the sole survivor after the plane suddenly crashes. Edward's survival captures the attention of the nation, and he becomes a symbol of hope and predestination for solace-seekers everywhere. But for Edward, life after the crash is bewildering. He struggles to make sense of the loss of his family, the strangeness of his sudden fame, and the meaning of his survival. As he moves through adolescence, he yearns to find a place for himself in an existence that no longer feels sure or secure. When he begins to receive letters from people around the world--each of them eager to offer advice, ask a favor, or share how Edward's survival has inspired them--he is forced to confront some of life's most profound questions: How do we make the most of the time we are given? For whom do we reach in our final moments? What does it mean to live a meaningful life? Told in alternating points of view, Dear Edward recounts the stories of the passengers aboard the flight as it hurtles toward its fateful end, and depicts Edward's life in the aftermath of the crash. Sweeping in scope but full of intimate detail, Dear Edward is a deeply moving, heartfelt novel about love, regret, and the human connections that define our lives.
It''s been almost a year since Sila''s mother traveled halfway around the world to Turkey, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States.br>br>The long separation is almost impossible for Sila to withstand. But things change when Sila accompanies her father (who is a mechanic) outside their Oregon town to fix a truck. There, behind an enormous stone wall, she meets a grandfatherly man who only months before won the state lottery. Their new alliance leads to the rescue of a circus elephant named Veda, and then to a friendship with an unusual boy named Mateo, proving that comfort and hope come in the most unlikely of places. br>br>A moving story of family separation and the importance of the connection between animals and humans, this novel has the enormous heart and uplifting humor that readers have come to expect from the beloved author of Counting by 7s.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society comes a wise, witty, and exuberant novel, perfect for fans of Lee Smith, that illuminates the power of loyalty and forgiveness, memory and truth, and the courage it takes to do whats right. Annie Barrows once again evokes the charm and eccentricity of a small town filled with extraordinary characters. Her new novel, The Truth According to Us, brings to life an inquisitive young girl, her beloved aunt, and the alluring visitor who changes the course of their destiny forever. In the summer of 1938, Layla Becks father, a United States senator, cuts off her allowance and demands that she find employment on the Federal Writers Project, a New Deal jobs program. Within days, Layla finds herself far from her accustomed social whirl, assigned to cover the history of the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia, and destined, in her opinion, to go completely mad with boredom. But once she secures a room in the home of the unconventional Romeyn family, she is drawn into their complex world and soon discovers that the truth of the town is entangled in the thorny past of the Romeyn dynasty. At the Romeyn house, twelve-year-old Willa is desperate to learn everything in her quest to acquire her favorite virtues of ferocity and devotion--a search that leads her into a thicket of mysteries, including the questionable business that occupies her charismatic father and the reason her adored aunt Jottie remains unmarried. Laylas arrival strikes a match to the family veneer, bringing to light buried secrets that will tell a new tale about the Romeyns. As Willa peels back the layers of her familys past, and Layla delves deeper into town legend, everyone involved is transformed--and their personal histories completely rewritten. Praise for The Truth According to Us As delightfully eccentric as Guernsey yet refreshingly different . . . an epic but intimate family novel with richly imagined characters . . . Willas indomitable spirit, keen sense of adventure and innate intelligence reminded me of two other motherless girls in literature: Scout Finch in Harper Lees To Kill a Mockingbird and Flavia de Luce in Alan Bradleys big-hearted British mystery series. -- The Washington Post The Truth According to Us has all the characteristics of a great summer read: A plot that makes you want to keep turning the pages; a setting that makes you feel like youre inhabiting another time and place; and characters who become people youre sad to leave behind--and thus who always stay with you. -- Miami Herald It takes a brave author to make the heroine of a new novel an observant and feisty girl . . . like Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird . . . . But Barrows . . . has created a believable and touching character in Willa. -- USA Today [A] heartwarming coming-of-age novel [that] sparkles with folksy depictions of a tight-knit family and life in a small town . . . full of richly drawn, memorable characters. -- The Seattle Times A big, juicy family saga with warm humor and tragic twists . . . The story gets more and more absorbing as it moves briskly along. -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch Annie Barrows leaves no doubt that she is a storyteller of rare caliber, with wisdom and insight to spare. Every page rings like a bell. --Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife
A stunning and sensitive portrait of the strength within each of us and the nourishment we receive from the natural world, by the creator of the acclaimed My Heart and The Book of Mistakes Through poetic text and exquisite illustrations of children reveling in nature, this picture book explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others. Each of us is like a tree, with roots and fruit, and an enduring link to everything else in nature. "The tree in me is strong. It bends in the wind, and has roots that go deep . . . to where other roots reach up toward their own trunk-branch-crown and sky." As Corinna Luyken did in her award-winning My Heart , she again provides an invigorating conversation-starter that contains a world of truths--about self-esteem, community, and living a meaningful life.
«Kids always search for heroes, so we might as well have a say in it,» Brad Meltzer realized, and so he envisioned this friendly, fun approach to biography - for his own kids, and for yours. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a vivacious, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers, those who aren't quite ready for the Who Was biography series. Each book focuses on a particular character trait that made that role model heroic. For example, Rosa Parks dared to stand up for herself and other African Americans by staying seated, and as a result she helped end public bus segregation and launch the country's Civil Rights Movement. This engaging series is the perfect way to bring American history to life for young children, providing them with the right role models, supplementing Common Core learning in the classroom, and best of all, inspiring them to strive and dream.
B>Max discovers that uniqueness is more than just a name, in this funny, lively picture book debut by the bestselling author of The Interestings./b>br>br>Max''s room has his name all over it--on his blanket and night light and wall. His parents call him The One and Only Max. And so, he is in for a big surprise at the playground one day, when he hears "Max, time to go home!" and two other kids come running. He''s not the one and only after all! How many Maxes are in the world?! Millions of Maxes?br> br>But when he decides to help one of the other Maxes find her missing toy, he discovers that there are other ways to be special, and that he can appreciate the specialness of his new Max friends just as much as his own. That night he dreams of the future adventures he''ll have with all of the Maxes he has yet to meet.
George and his dragon must go up against a dastardly wizard who is stealing dragon eggs and holding them hostage in a frozen castle, in this clever picture book with a surprise ending.
Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done. And so Broken Music began to take shape. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the eve of my success with the Police. It is a story very few people know.
After Hector the rabbit finally tells his new neighbor Rutherford the pig that he is too noisy, they become friends and even start a band.