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The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster



by
Cary Fagan

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Tundra Books
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780735266216

Awards and Honors
Edgar Award Nominee - 2020
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Hartley Staples, near-graduate of middle school, is grappling with the fact that his older brother has run away from home, when he finds a handmade postcard that fascinates him. And soon he spots another. Despite his losing interest in pretty much everything since Jackson ran away, Hartley finds himself searching for cards in his small town at every opportunity, ignoring other responsibilities, namely choosing a topic for his final project. Who is G.O. and why are they scattering cards about the town?

Full-color collage art.

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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

176

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 4

Lexile

HL650L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Dec 2019

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Mysteries. Brothers. Runaways. Conduct of life. Family life. Middle school. Adoption. Art and artists. Bullying. Postcards. Emotions and feelings.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal, Booklist, Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

Ever since his brother Jackson ran away, Hartley Staples has a hard time getting interested in anything. His friend Zack wants nothing to do with him anymore and walks away whenever he tries to talk to him. His parents and siblings are barely holding it together. When Hartley finds a postcard that seems to speak directly to him and what he’s going through, he becomes fascinated. He soon spots another and becomes obsessed with finding out the identity of whoever created them. Who is G.O., and why are they creating the postcards? Will he find a topic to do for his final project and pass middle school? Told through alternating points of view, readers will relate to the characters and their struggles to fit in and find peace with themselves. The plot is well- developed and easy to follow. Characters are realistic and engaging, and authentic postcard illustrations add color and depth to the story. Recommended for library collections where realistic fiction centering issues of family, friendship, and self-discovery are popular.

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