Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John' 'Boyne

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...when confronted by the latest text from a bestselling author is understandable. I can imagine that whoever was given the job of editing Boyne...might have felt a touch pusillanimous... a little lighter, this book would soar.
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Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary 8-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. Unlike everyone else, Barnaby does not obey the law of gravity. His parents, who have a horror of being noticed, want desperately for Barnaby to be normal, but he can't help who he is. And when the unthinkable happens, Barnaby finds himself on a journey that takes him all over the world. From Brazil to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even to space, the floating boy meets all sorts of different people—and discovers who he really is along the way.

This whimsical novel will delight middle graders, and make readers of all ages question the meaning of normal.

 

About John' 'Boyne

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JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," won two Irish Book Awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in over 30 languages. He lives in Dublin. OLIVER JEFFERS is an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator. His first picture book, "How to Catch a Star "(HarperCollins) was published in 2004 and since then he has created a further five picture books to much critical acclaim. He has won the Irish Book Award (where he first met John Boyne), the Blue Peter Book of the Year and the Nestle Children's Book Prize as well as a host of shortlistings including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. His books have been translated into 19 languages.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by BookTrain125 on Sep 22 2012

I liked it. It was exciting, adventurous and bits were very scary and amazing.

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Good
Reviewed by ellathebookworm on Aug 22 2012

I cannot really point out anything bad about this book, and would recommend it to everyone who likes a nice, relaxing and witty read.

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Above average
Reviewed by Mal Peet on Aug 03 2012

...when confronted by the latest text from a bestselling author is understandable. I can imagine that whoever was given the job of editing Boyne...might have felt a touch pusillanimous... a little lighter, this book would soar.

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