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"Twelve-year-old Grover loves making weavings out of leaves and branches he finds in a nearby bamboo forest, but he has other things on his mind, too. Mostly his mother, who was recently killed in a car accident, but also his younger sister, his pretty new neighbor, and his difficult relationship with his father, who works all the time and doesn't even pretend to appreciate Grover's art. In his middle-grade debut, adult author and North Carolinian Hays makes good use of the novel's Asheville setting: Grover's father runs the strapped-for-cash Thomas Wolfe house, and Asheville comes across as a cosmopolitan place with a small-town feel. Indeed, even as Grover is keeping an eye on his sister and his new neighbors, a lot of people are watching over him. Though the book spans just a few months, it's packed with incident and complex connections between a range of characters. Hays is especially strong at depicting the network of people, old and young, who help Grover and his family move through their grief and, along the way, save his beloved forest. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Tommy Hays is the author of three novels for adults, including The Pleasure Was Mine. He is Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and a lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He lives in Asheville with his family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781606844335
Author:
Hays, Tommy
Publisher:
Egmontusa
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.38 x 1.06 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Twelve-year-old Grover loves making weavings out of leaves and branches he finds in a nearby bamboo forest, but he has other things on his mind, too. Mostly his mother, who was recently killed in a car accident, but also his younger sister, his pretty new neighbor, and his difficult relationship with his father, who works all the time and doesn't even pretend to appreciate Grover's art. In his middle-grade debut, adult author and North Carolinian Hays makes good use of the novel's Asheville setting: Grover's father runs the strapped-for-cash Thomas Wolfe house, and Asheville comes across as a cosmopolitan place with a small-town feel. Indeed, even as Grover is keeping an eye on his sister and his new neighbors, a lot of people are watching over him. Though the book spans just a few months, it's packed with incident and complex connections between a range of characters. Hays is especially strong at depicting the network of people, old and young, who help Grover and his family move through their grief and, along the way, save his beloved forest. Ages 10 — up. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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