Synopses & Reviews
How could someone like Mick die? He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school--and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte's twelve-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe's world has turned upside down. With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor--and hope. Chosen by Publishers Weekly as one of their Best Books of 1996.
An award-winning, heartrending young middle grade novel from Barbara Park--the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Junie B. Jones series--just right for readers of Frindle, Love That Dog, The Lemonade War, and other classic young middle grade favorites.
Kids aren't supposed to die.
Phoebe's brother, Mick, was one of the funniest, coolest kids you'd ever meet--the kid who made you laugh until your stomach hurt, even if you were mad at him. The kid who freaked his and Phoebe's mom out by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken; who went trick-or-treating as Thomas Crapper, the inventor of the modern-day flush toilet; who did a wild solo dance in front of the entire school. He was the kid you'd want to be friends with. So how can he be gone? And how will Phoebe's family survive without him?
Winner of 12 State Awards
An IRA-CBC Young Adults' Choice
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
* "Genius . . . excruciatingly real . . . powerful." --Publishers Weekly, starred
" A] wrenching story permeated with humor and hope." --School Library Journal
For the Review section (please add the two reviews and the state awards below):
"A very moving story about a terrific 12-year-old boy. By the end of the book, readers miss him, too." --Kirkus Reviews
"Park skillfully interweaves humor and pain in this unique, utterly believable account of Phoebe's attempt to cope with a heartbreaking loss." --The Horn Book
WINNER--Georgia Children's Book Award
WINNER--Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award
WINNER--Kansas William Allen White Children's Book Award
WINNER--North Dakota Flicker Tale Children's Book Award
WINNER--Rhode Island Children's Book Award
WINNER--South Carolina Children's Book Award
WINNER--Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
WINNER--Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
WINNER--Indiana Young Hoosier Book Award
WINNER--Iowa Children's Choice Award
WINNER--Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award
NOMINEE--Washington Evergreen Young Adult Book Award
WINNER--Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
How could someone like Phoebes brother die? Mick Harte was one of the coolest kids youd ever want to meet. Mick was also the kid who would still be alive now—if hed only worn his bicycle helmet. . . .
About the Author
BARBARA PARK is best known as the author of the wildly popular New York Times
bestselling Junie B. Jones series, which has kept kids (and their grown-ups) laughing—and reading—for over two decades. Beloved by millions, the Junie B. Jones books have been translated into multiple languages and are a time-honored staple in elementary school classrooms around the world. Every bit as funny as her best-known character, Barbara once said, “There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.”
Barbara Park is also the author of award-winning middle grade novels and bestselling picture books, including Skinnybones, Mick Harte Was Here, and The Kid in the Red Jacket.
Barbara Park was born in New Jersey in 1947 and spent most of her adult life in Arizona, where she and her husband, Richard, raised two sons. Barbara died in 2013, but her legacy lives on in the laughter her books give to readers all over the world.