The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

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A tale of acceptance from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
 
Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary eight-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. 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 into 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, reached the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in more than forty languages. He lives in Dublin. Visit him on the web at JohnBoyne.com.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Doubleday Canada. 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews John Boyne's "The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket," Clare Vanderpool's "Navigating Early" and Megan Frazer Blakemore's "The Water Castle."

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The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket is another very well-written novel with an original and clever plot.

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