Up on Cloud Nine by Anne Fine

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Ian’s best friend, Stolly, is up on cloud nine. He’s in the hospital, unconscious, and hooked up to machines. The question Ian is trying to answer is: How did Stolly end up there?

In a way, Stolly’s always been on cloud nine, living life by his own rules and making those rules up as he goes along. His parents’ careers have them constantly rushing around, so Ian’s family has all but adopted Stolly. That’s why it’s up to Ian to figure out what happened to his best friend. But once the pieces start coming together, the answer doesn’t seem to make any sense.

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About Anne Fine

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Children’s Laureate of England and a two-time winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, Anne Fine is the author of Alias Madame Doubtfire, Flour Babies, The Tulip Touch, and Bad Dreams.
Published March 4, 2009 by Yearling. 210 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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his array of little foibles—as Ian puts it, his teachers “all said he had a great future ahead of him, if he could stay alive and learn to tie his laces.” With brilliant use of the telling phrase or between-the-lines insight, often delivered with masterful, side-splitting comic timing, Fine bring...

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As Ian describes how often his friend stays with him, sometimes for days at a stretch while Stol's parents obsess over their work, readers get their first clues about the darker side to Stol's life.

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As the boy narrator sits at the hospital bedside of his unconscious friend who has sustained a concussion, he pieces together anecdotes of their shared times, and the darker side of his friend's life starts to emerge.

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