You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Charlotte and Ben are both thrust into unfair emotional situations. But as this wonderful novel unfolds they find out how the world works: its unfairness, to be sure, but also its gratifications.
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Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First is an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Her perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.

Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different—Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways, as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. This engaging story about growing up and finding your place in the world by the Newbery Medal–winning author of Hello, Universe and the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature will appeal to fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia.

 

About Erin Entrada Kelly

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Erin Entrada Kelly grew up in south Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Erin's mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines. This is Erin Entrada Kelly's first book.
 
Published April 10, 2018 by Greenwillow Books. 284 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Meg Wolitzer on May 24 2018

Charlotte and Ben are both thrust into unfair emotional situations. But as this wonderful novel unfolds they find out how the world works: its unfairness, to be sure, but also its gratifications.

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