Still A Work in Progress

Still A Work in Progress

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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In a return to middle-grade fiction, master of perspectives Jo Knowles depicts a younger sibling struggling to maintain his everyday life when his older sister is in crisis.

Noah is just trying to make it through seventh grade. The girls are confusing, the homework is boring, and even his friends are starting to bug him. Not to mention that his older sister, Emma, has been acting pretty strange, even though Noah thought she'd been doing better ever since the Thing They Don't Talk About. The only place he really feels at peace is in art class, with a block of clay in his hands. As it becomes clear through Emma's ever-stricter food rules and regulations that she's not really doing better at all, the normal seventh-grade year Noah was hoping for begins to seem pretty unattainable. In an affecting and realistic novel with bright spots of humor, Jo Knowles captures the complexities of navigating middle school while feeling helpless in the face of a family crisis.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780763672171
Branch Call Number: J FIC Knowl
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 21 cm

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AL_KELSEY Jun 13, 2017

As a girl, I thought this was a pretty poignant depiction of middle school boys--how they think and act. This gives reasons behind it that girls just don't get. Our main character is also incredibly focused on his family, which is admirable in a tween boy!

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