In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Laurens parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Laurens wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for autistic kids who dont have her familys resources, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong. Lauren must learn that having good intentions isnt all that matters when you battle injustice, and Sierra needs to realize that sometimes, the person you need to take care of is yourself....
|Title||:||Every Shiny Thing|
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Every Shiny Thing Reviews
It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry since I read THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU by Jen Maschari back in August.....and I read a LOT of MG!
EVERY SHINY THING nails it with the following things:
* gorgeous alternating verse and prose - this structure provides ...more
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Authors Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison combine two beautiful writing styles to create a captivating story of right and wrong, friendship, love and heartbreak, and family. This is a must read!
Lauren's story is written in prose and tells of a young girl who really wants to make the world a better place. Her brother, Ryan, is sent to a special school for kids with ...more
Thank you to Laurie Morrison and Cordelia Jensen for providing #collabookation an ARC of Every Shiny Thing to share.
Sierra has just been placed in a foster home across the street from Lauren, whose older brother, Ryan, has just gone away to a specialized school for students with autism. Sierra knows her mother’s alcoholism is problematic, but she yearns for her company. Reluctant to get comfortable with her new foster parents, she finds friendship and a family of sorts with Lauren. Lauren is st ...more
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Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker school that preaches simplicity even though most of the students are from very rich backgrounds and don't necessarily follow these teachings. Sierra's father is in jail, and her mother is an alcoholic who has finall ...more
I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different backgrounds. Lauren's family is affluent and stable, but her older autistic brother's departure for a special school several states away has left her unhinged. In his absence, she turns to a new, quickly developing, we ...more
I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG!
Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love!
Oh dang, this book went in so many directions and I loved it.
Okay, so we’ve got two protagonists here: Lauren and Sierra. Lauren lives in a very affluent suburb, and as the story starts she and her parents are on the way home after dropping off her older brother Ryan at a special boarding school for autistic teens. Lauren’s not happy about that, because what was wrong with his old occupational therapist and how dare these people think they know how to care for her brother better than she does? A ...more