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Every Shiny Thing
Contributor(s): Jensen, Cordelia, Morrison, Laurie
ISBN: 1419728644     ISBN-13: 9781419728648
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
    OUR PRICE: $15.29  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
Annotation: When Lauren begins stealing to raise money for autistic kids, like her brother, who don't have her family's resources, she convinces Sierra, a foster child, to help with the Robin Hood scheme, in a story told half in prose and half in verse.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Conduct of life; Fiction.
Stealing; Fiction.
Autism; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Values & Virtues
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Special Needs
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017032174
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 1.25" (1.10 lbs) 361 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Cordelia Jensen is the author of the YA novel-in-verse Skyscraping, which earned a starred review from Booklist (“Exquisite free-verse poems . . . illuminating and deeply felt”). This is Laurie Morrison’s first novel. Both authors live in Philadelphia and received MFAs in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 5–9—This dual narrative shifts the point of view between Lauren, in prose, and Sierra, in verse. Sierra has just been placed in foster care in Lauren's rather wealthy neighborhood after her mother was arrested. Lauren is missing her brother, who was recently sent to a special boarding school for kids on the autism spectrum. She is also outgrowing the relationship with her best friend and neighbor, Ashley. Lauren's social conscience has been awakened, and as she realizes that many do not have the resources she has, she decides to make a concerted effort to welcome Sierra. The two form a bond; but when Lauren comes up with a plan for raising money that involves theft, albeit for a good cause, Sierra becomes understandably anxious because she has a lot to lose. This unique story of friendship features two striving yet flawed main characters. Sierra is close to her mom, though she often has to take on the role of parent in their relationship. Lauren's examination of her privilege is admirable. Her Robin Hood scheme is not. The depiction of her growing compulsion to steal/shoplift is absorbing and suspense ratchets up with each theft as the stakes rise. Thoughtful readers will find a lot to like here—sadness, suspense, even humor. They may even pause to consider their own privilege. VERDICT Great for fans of dual narratives or books like Lynda Mullaly Hunt's One for the Murphys.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ

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