Recommended for Readers
in Grades 6 and Up
2008 - Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Award
2007 - American Library Association
The eighth grade protagonist is quite the jazz band drummer. He'd love to be noticed by the queen bee - until those issues get sideswiped by his younger brother's leukemia diagnosis.
This author has an exceptional voice. The guilt, the treatments, the resentment, the worry - it's painfully but very believably crafted. A better fit for sixth grade and up than upper elementary, but I think most adults would love to spend the afternoon with this book, too.
The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.
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