Funny and poignant, You Go First by 2018 Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly is an engaging exploration of family, spelling, art, bullying, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Erin Entrada Kellys perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillos Raymie Nightingale and Thanhha Lais Inside Out and Back Again.Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly differentCharlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. Theyre both highly gifted. Theyre both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Benonline friends connected only by a Scrabble gamewill intersect in unexpected ways as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. You Go First reminds us that no matter how hard it is to keep our heads above troubled water, we never struggle alone.The acclaimed author of Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, and Hello, Universe writes with an authentic, humorous, and irresistible voice. This engaging and character-driven story about growing up and finding your place in the world will appeal to fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia....
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You Go First Reviews
In, You Go First, the story takes place over the course of one week, and alternates between Charlotte and Ben. They’re both middle school students, living in different parts of the country, who compete against each other in an online Scrabble game. Over the course of the week both of them will have to deal with some pretty big issues. Both Charlotte and Ben are advanced for their age, and both have few friends. Many readers will relate to the story as the characters deal with bullying, friendshi ...more
Truly a magical book! The story of online scrabble buddies Charlotte and Ben, who are each going through friend and family issues is simply brilliant storytelling at its best. I couldn't put it down. A classic.
I had such high expectations for this book, because I've really loved her previous books, but this one just - fell short of the mark. Charlotte and Ben never really connected with each other, preferring to share trivialities instead of actual meaningful interactions like the premise suggests. I liked that they each made friends outside of each other but the implication that Charlotte and Ben would drift apart now that they had 'real' friends was one I didn't appreciate. As someone who has formed ...more
Tugs at the heart!
review coming shortly :) xx
Charlotte’s dad has a heart attack. Ben’s parents are divorcing. Charlotte may lose her best friend. Ben may run for student council. How does an online scrabble game connect them? Read to find out!
Maybe 4.5? It's not quite Hello, Universe, but it is solid. Perhaps a real review is to come.
You Go First
By Erin Entrada Kelly
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network, @erinentrada and @harpercollinsus for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
Charlotte (Lottie Lock) and Ben Boxer are very different. Lottie lives in Pennsylvania and Ben in Louisiana, Lottie is in seventh grade, Ben is in sixth grade. Lottie’s parents are very loving, Ben’s are getting a divorce. However, they do have some things in common. They are the national online Scrabble champions and they both eat ...more