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School Library Journal Best of Children’s Books 2012

Publishers Weekly Best of Children’s Books 2012

Kirkus Reviews Best of Children’s Books 2012

Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, September 2012:
“Readers will sympathize with Georges and Safer as they negotiate various familiar obstacles, but it’s the celebration that will leave them exultant.”

Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2012:
“The ending twists readers’ entire perception of the events and creates a brilliant conclusion to an insightful novel.”

Starred Review, The Horn Book, September/October, 2012:
“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, Publishers Weekly, June 11, 2012:
“Chock-full of fascinating characters and intelligent questions, this is as close to perfect as middle-grade novels come.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2012:
“[A] big-hearted, delightfully quirky tale…. Georges resolves his various issues in a way that’s both ingenious and organic to the story….Original and winning”

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ALA Notable Children’s Book WINNER 2013

Amazon Best of the Year WINNER 2012

Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year WINNER 2012

IRA Children’s Choices WINNER

Young Adult Services Division, School Library Journal Author Award WINNER

Agatha Award (Best First Novel) SUBMITTED

ALA Best Books for Young Adults NOMINEE

Agatha Award-Best ChildrenÂ’s/Young Adult NOMINEE

Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award NOMINEE 2015

Minnesota Maud Heart Lovelace Award NOMINEE 2015

Missouri Mark Twain Award NOMINEE 2015

Pacific Northwest Young Readers Choice Award NOMINEE 2014

Texas Bluebonnet Master List NOMINEE 2014

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Award NOMINEE 2014


Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award FINALIST 2015

New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children’s Book Award FINALIST 2014

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Master List FINALIST

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