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My Brother's Shadow

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My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery
Sep 09, 2014 | ISBN 9780385384896

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  • Sep 09, 2014 | ISBN 9780385384896 | Middle Grade (8-12)

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“This poignant tale of loss and the attempts at closure is poetically recorded, each chapter revealing a bit of the strife that Kaia battles as she struggles to exist in school, to hold on to herself, and to find her way back to the girl she was before her horrendous tragedy…. As the layers of ice she has encased herself in begin to crack, the remarkable girl slowly begins to blossom and she is able to find hope. Avery creates an impressive account of tragedy, and his gentle, melancholic prose establishes the perfect tone for his tale of despair and renewal. Fans of realistic fiction, especially dealing with emotionally jarring, disturbing events, will surely devour Avery’s latest.” —School Library Journal

“Uncomplicated yet potent storytelling renders this an acutely heart-wrenching tale of despondency and renewal in a fresh manner. Readers who love stories of overcoming personal struggles and emotional strife will eat this up.” —Booklist

“Avery’s novel has substance and subtlety, as well as a winsome protagonist who easily commands our sympathy.” —The Horn Book

“Avery immerses readers in Kaia’s heavy thoughts and dreamlike, trapped state. Her confessional narration and self-aware observations yield a believable and haunting portrait of grief.” —Publishers Weekly

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