First Line: There's this totally false map of the human tongue.
One Great Passage: "Like Mom says, life is a million different dots making one gigantic picture. And maybe the big picture. And maybe the big picture is nice, maybe it's amazing, but if you're standing with your face pressed up against a bunch of black dots, it's really hard to tell."
What Others Are Saying:
“Stead’s spare and elegant prose, compassionate insight into the lives of young people, wry sense of humor, deft plotting, and ability to present complex ideas in an accessible and intriguing way make this much more than a mystery with a twist.”—Starred Review, The Horn Book
“Chock-full of fascinating characters and intelligent questions, this is as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come.” —Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
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1. POV: Georges tells the story.
2. 192 pages
3. The Hook: The map of the human tongue is wrong.
4. Inciting event: Georges parents have to sell their home.
5. Plot and Pace: There are hidden twists and action on each page.
6. Voice: A perfect middle school blend of humor and angst.
What I Thought: This is the first book I've read by Stead so I didn't have anything to compare. I loved this book. The quirky characters led me through a great mystery filled with make-believe, middle school antics and bully's. Her narrative strategically threaded me in and out of thoughtful questions and twists in reality. I can't wait to read her other two books!
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