You Go First

By: Erin Entrada Kelly

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.

ISBN: 9780062414182

JLG Release: Jun 2018


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
An online Scrabble game is more than a pastime, it’s a lifeline for middle schoolers Charlotte and Ben: both children are coping with heartache. Charlotte’s father is in the hospital, and her best friend is drifting toward a new social circle where Charlotte isn’t welcome. Struggling to fit in at
[STARRED REVIEW]
An online Scrabble game is more than a pastime, it’s a lifeline for middle schoolers Charlotte and Ben: both children are coping with heartache. Charlotte’s father is in the hospital, and her best friend is drifting toward a new social circle where Charlotte isn’t welcome. Struggling to fit in at a new school, Ben’s parents announce their divorce. The children’s game postings evolve into a friendship by phone—they live in different states—that reassures them they aren’t alone. Kelly (Hello, Universe) knows her audience well and uses Ben and Charlotte’s alternating points of view to capture moments of tween anguish with searing honesty. Foreshadowing facts lead each of Charlotte’s chapters and information about sea stars is perfectly incorporated in a powerful scene about bullying. Kelly takes the concerns of young readers’ seriously while reassuring them that, with time and resilience, they will eventually be okay. Ben and Charlotte’s gradual understanding of the changing forces that affect their lives is reinforced through gentle pacing and careful plotting: a Robert Frost quote is strategically placed so that when revealed in its entirety, both the protagonists—and readers—are ready to understand it. VERDICT Heartfelt and hopeful, this novel will encourage young readers to offer their hand in friendship to kids who, just like them, might be struggling. —Marybeth Kozikowski, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY

Book Details

ISBN

9780062414182

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Greenwillow

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

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