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
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
Not a big fan of this book. I was really hoping it would knock my socks off, but instead the book wasn’t even good enough to take off two day old smelly socks. The characters were not developed enough to really care about them. There were way too many plot lines. I mean, lots of books have several plot lines, but this one just couldn’t pull it off. Between bullying, divorce, health issues, parental discontent, friendship, and scrabble, I’m not sure I liked any of them to be honest. Maybe Kelly’s ...more
So glad I met Charlotte and Ben. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and loves words. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. Charlotte in Philly and Ben in Louisiana meet while playing an on-line scrabble game. Both working their way through middle school, about which Charlotte says, "Middle school seemed like an endless aching game where everyone knew the rules but her." You move through one week with Charlotte and Ben as they deal with bullying, changing friendsh ...more
Both eleven-year-old Ben and twelve-year-old Charlotte lead complicated lives. Ben is surprised and devastated when he learns that his father is leaving his mother. Charlotte's father is extremely ill, staying in the hospital, AND her best friend has found another replacement for her. Both Ben and Charlotte are brilliant but spend most of their time alone. They do have one another, they are friends through an online Scrabble game. As the year goes by, these friends call one another and chat. The ...more
Two children meet playing an online word game. When each of their lives starts to go differently than planned they begin to communicate more with each other as they share what is happening and seek a friend to listen.
Charlotte's father is having heart surgery and her best friend seems to be drifting away. As a smarter kid she does not have many other friends and begins trying to navigate middle school without the friend she had always had by her side.
Ben's parents have just announced that they a ...more
yep. all the feels. rtc.
4.5/5 for You Go First! Thx to @erinentrada for sharing this ARC with me. It doesn't come out until April, 2018! I am sharing my copy with the @kidlitexchange network. All opinions are my own.
Charlotte and Ben are online scrabble buddies; Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ben lives in a small town in Louisiana. Both are gifted students who struggle to make friends and both are having family problems at home. Charlotte's father has had a heart attack and she can't brin ...more
I'm always down for a perfectly plotted middle grade even when they are sometimes a little pat, but that's okay, because we all need hope in the world and Entrada Kelly superbly navigates the tween traumas of friendship and belonging.
Ben (is on the spectrum) and is an intelligent eleven year old who was just told his parents are splitting up, so he decides to run for school officer. Charlotte wants to be someone other than Charlotte, imagining a girl like who she is playing Scrabble with Ben, L ...more