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  • "Schmidt effortlessly fuses humor and tragedy"

    New York Times Book Review
  • "Wonderfully impressive and layered"

    starred review, Kirkus
  • "A rich and nuanced middle grade novel that will appeal to readers who feel a little on the outskirts"

    starred review, School Library Journal
  • "

    His engaging narrative leads readers through a broad range of emotions in this beautifully written, often amusing, and ultimately moving novel


    starred review, Booklist
  • "Schmidt fuses pathos and humor in this adroitly layered novel"

    starred review, Publishers Weekly
  • "Deft use of comedic scenes and Schmidt’s trademark use of narrator-provided snark give the story the levity it needs to counteract the surprising number of tears readers are likely to shed. [Written] with remarkable finesse"

    starred review, Horn Book
  • "Suffused with the same warmth, compassion and originality of the author’s stunning debut, Orbiting Jupiter, this funny, moving middle grade novel is a true treasure with broad appeal and rich rewards."

    Joanne Owen, LoveReading4Kids
  • "Gary D. Schmidt has written a tender story of masculinity and companionship... Beautifully paced the book demonstrates to us all the importance of making good decisions, and of remembering who we are and who we love."

    Matthew Martin, Books for Keeps

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