Octavia Boone's Big Questions about Life, the Universe and Everything by Rebecca Rupp

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After her parents find clashing answers to life’s big questions, it’s time for Octavia to make some choices of her own in this poignant, funny, thought-provoking novel. Octavia’s best friend, Andrew, wants to know why time runs forward instead of backward, or if it’s possible to talk to an alien jellyfish. Octavia has much bigger questions on her mind: Why do bad things happen, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11? What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? Octavia’s artist father, Boone, is convinced that Henry David Thoreau holds the key. Meanwhile, her mother, Ray, has always been seeking the larger meaning of life—until now. Not only have Octavia’s parents come up with different answers to the big questions, but their answers are threatening to tear her family apart. Could it be that some questions are too big to have just one answer? Could it be that the universe is far wider than Octavia’s—or perhaps anyone’s—views of it?

About Rebecca Rupp

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Rebecca Rupp is the beloved author of more than a dozen books for young readers, among them The Dragon of Lonely Island, Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living, and Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything. She and her family live in Swanton, Vermont.
Published April 24, 2012 by Candlewick. 192 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The year that changed her life leaves Octavia with some big questions: “What makes a more-or-less normal person with a more-or-less normal life suddenly go off the deep end about God?” Readers may well find themselves wondering the same.

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Questions of theology, science, and how to live responsibly in community confront seventh-grader Octavia in Rupp's (Sarah Simpson's Rules for Living) unsettling, thought-provoking, and sensitive exploration of the intersections of faith, work, and family.

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