I started reading this book so I can discuss it during our literature group in April. This year it received its Printz Awards (excellence in literature for Young Adults) and has won many many more. Ms. Nelson has also written another book--The Sky is Everywhere.
The main characters are a set of fraternal twins (Noah and Jude) and have complete opposite personalities which makes it hard for them to connect with each other. Noah is the type that loves to draw and is very shy and Jude is very outgoing and likes to hang out with the popular kids. As they become more exposed to life, the more they both get separated, even when a sudden and horrific tragedy occurs. It is until the end (the last breaking point) where they both start piecing together on what is going on and begin to appreciate each other.
What I really enjoyed about this book is the point of view shown, Noah takes over one chapter when they are both 13 and Jude takes the other at the age of 16 and goes back and forth until the end. Without trying to spoil the plot, I would like to say that the author placed many real life scenarios that kids face nowadays and this will definitely help them cope. Having a sibling relationship can be difficult to maintain but once it is in tact...it is a one of a kind treasure.
Mrs. Shivery: I have been an elementary teacher for 5 years and a high school librarian for 3 years. This is my 3rd year at Indian Ridge and I absolutely love it! I am a BRLA member, Children's Lit Chair, and the Southwest Book Award committee member.