Synopses & Reviews
Benny is a worrier. He worries about his father who has had a brain aneurysm. He worries about his fourth grade teacher who seems increasingly distracted. And he worries about whether he has a best friend and about the mounting evidence that he isn’t good at anything—not bike riding math or the acts of kindness his school is encouraging. He doesn’t worry about his autistic older brother George though. George is George. Sometimes he can do more than his family expects sometimes he talks to himself and makes strangers uncomfortable but he always laughs at Benny’s jokes. In her first middle grade novel McGovern (A Step Toward Falling) brings readers fully into Benny’s troubled thoughts making a clear distinction between the things that he can’t control (his father’s health his brother’s autism) and the things that he can. McGovern’s thoughtful depiction of a family facing difficult situations without fracturing coupled with a gentle message about not being too hard on oneself will surely speak to middle schoolers with their own slate of worries. Ages 8–12. Agent: Margaret Riley William Morris Endeavor. (Feb.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."