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Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt


Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt
Nov 06, 2018 | 304 Pages
  • Hardcover $16.99

    Nov 06, 2018 | 304 Pages | Middle Grade (8-12)

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“Patrick was kind of an asshole,” starts Jimmy’s eulogy as the novel presents its unique closure in the form of difficult truths, a lot of heart, and a refreshingly insightful voice from first-time author Schmitt.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

Honesty isn’t always pretty, but it courses through Schmitt’s debut in more ways than one…Complex family relationships surface with humor and candor, with adults painted as flawed and prone to delivering sharp words or even a smack. All these elements combine to make the reader as uneasy as Jimmy, who, through his recollections, gains a better understanding of the boy lying in the coffin and, ultimately, of himself.

The subject matter is weighty and may provoke sympathy towards children with emotional and behavioral problems. Trying to really hear and empathize with others is what is important.
—School Library Connection

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