You Go First

You Go First

Book - 2018
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Funny and poignant, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestseller Erin Entrada Kelly's national bestseller You Go First is an exploration of family, bullying, word games, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships.

In a starred review, School Library Journal wrote that Erin Entrada Kelly can "capture moments of tween anguish with searing honesty."

Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different--Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana.

Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They're both highly gifted. They're both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

During the course of one week, Charlotte and Ben--friends connected only by an online Scrabble game--will intersect in unexpected ways as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. The New York Times-bestselling novel You Go First reminds us that no matter how hard it is to keep our heads above troubled water, we never struggle alone.

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly writes with an authentic, humorous, and irresistible voice. This engaging and character-driven story about growing up and finding your place in the world is for fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780062414182
Characteristics: 288 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm

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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 16, 2019

​I liked Hello, Universe a lot, but I think I liked this even more. It's a story of friendship between two kids who meet playing Scrabble online, and who each have some heavy stuff going on in their lives that they don't feel able to discuss with anyone, even each other. It's about learning to be honest, and learning to cope with the unexpected hurdles life throws in front of you, and it's really beautiful in a quiet sort of way.

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rwrkb
Oct 19, 2018

My 10 year old son and I loved reading this together. Everything Erin Entrada Kelly writes is gold.

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bluehydrangea
Sep 12, 2018

This story about friendship is beautifully written and sometimes heartbreaking. Erin Entrada Kelly has a deft touch for creating characters; even those on the sidelines are finely drawn.

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darladoodles
Jul 31, 2018

This book has so much potential to help struggling middle school students. For kids like Charlotte and Ben, it can feel like they have been left behind. Like the rug has been pulled out from under them and they are in a foreign country. You Go First deals with bullying, illness in the family, divorce, friendship and so much more. I heartily recommend it as a read aloud.

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blue_dog_36440
Jun 21, 2018

This book is FABULOUS! It's a great story of friendship. As well as Erin Entrada Kelly's other books, I couldn't put it down.

epowell13 May 17, 2018

Wow, this book tugged on my heartstrings Erin Entrada Kelly mastered that particular ache that middle school brings. These amazing characters will stick with you. It touches on some of the same topics as her past books: social ostracisation, bullying, friendship, etc. I enjoyed the facts at the beginning of Charlotte's chapters, the dictionary definitions at the beginning of each section that related to the story, and the integration of nerdy science trivia. Hand this one to kids also feeling the ache of middle school or readers who enjoy character driven stories.

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blue_dog_36440
Jun 21, 2018

blue_dog_36440 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 11

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likeyin
May 05, 2018

likeyin thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 10

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