Synopses & Reviews
A is for "Tink Aaron-Martin," "Aardvark," and "Amazing" in this wonderful alphabetical novel!
Tink Aaron-Martin has been grounded AGAIN after an adventure with her best friend Freddie Blue Anderson. To make the time pass, she decides to write an encyclopedia of her life from "Aa" (a kind of lava--okay, she cribbed that from the real encyclopedia) to "Zoo" (she's never been to one, but her brothers belong there).
As the alphabet unfolds, so does the story of Tink's summer: more adventures with Freddie Blue (and more experiences in being grounded); how her family was featured in a magazine about "Living with Autism," thanks to her older brother Seb--and what happened after Seb fell apart; her growing friendship, and maybe more, with Kai, a skateboarder who made her swoon (sort of). And her own sense that maybe she belongs not under "H" for "Hideous," or "I" for "Invisible," but "O" for "Okay."
Written entirely in Tink's hilarious encyclopedia entries, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ME is both a witty trick and a reading treat for anyone who loves terrific middle-grade novels.
"Rivers (What Is Real) uses a clever format the story unfolds in encyclopedia entries instead of chapters to introduce Isadora 'Tink' Aaron-Martin, a candid, biracial almost-13-year-old who has some time on her hands while she's grounded over the summer. Inspired by her father's set of 'ancient' encyclopedias, Tink sets out to write her own version (complete with footnotes), inviting readers to examine the people, places, and significant events in her corner of the universe. From Aa ('Almost always the first entry in any encyclopedia') to 'Zetroc Prom, The,' Tink recounts her tumultuous family life (one of her older brothers is autistic), her vacillating frustration with and loyalty toward her BFF, and her crush on 'Boy, Blue-Haired, Who Just Moved in Next Door.' Tink lives up to her early claim of being an 'unstoppable force of encyclopedia-writing brilliance,' providing pearls of adolescent wisdom, dazzling accounts of adventure, and one near brush with fame. Tink's first-person narrative is vibrant and exuberantly opinionated, whether she is describing life with her hairless cat or pondering the meaning of her first kiss. Ages 10 14. Agent: FinePrint Literary Management. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Karen Rivers writes rich and funny novels for middle-grade readers, young adults, and the occasional grown-up. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children and a noxious-smelling dog. Visit her online at http://www.karenrivers.com and @karenrivers.