The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

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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 Nestlé 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.

























Author Residence: 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 Nestlé 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. To learn more about him and his work, please visit OliverJeffers.com.
 
Published January 8, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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They are so obsessed with maintaining normality that they not only send him to “The Graveling Academy for Unwanted Children,” but are led to do something even more perfectly awful and unparentlike, which changes the course of Barnaby’s life forever.

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As Barnaby travels the globe, he meets people of all ages who have followed their dreams, stayed true to themselves, and embraced what makes them unique, from the elderly women (hinted to be a couple) who rescue him in a hot-air balloon to a famous Toronto art critic scarred by fire.

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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 Bookbag

We were never in a real world - a passportless place where postcards cross the planet in no time at all - but I can see this coming too fantastical, even for the target audience.

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We Love This Book

This all becomes too much so his mother lets him float away, and so his adventures around the world begin.

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Independent.ie

Its success was due to a combination of factors: a highly original and clever premise and plot, excellent writing, a worldwide and a crossover market -- and the fact that it could be used as a key educational resource.

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The New Zealand Herald

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The Overflowing Library

Reading it took me back to the days when I was reading books like Matilda in how the story was written and I am sure if for nothing else this book will be loved by both young and old for that reason alone.

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But from the moment Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary.

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