Tiny Infinities

By: Jean Heilprin Diehl


With the help of her new (and kind of odd) friend, Harriet, Alice sets out to prove that the silent neighbor kid she babysits is not so silent after all.

ISBN: 9781452163352

JLG Release: Sep 2018


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Topics: 9780763688165, 9780062445766, 9781599909677

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For 12-year-old Alice, swimming is her life, especially this summer since it’s the only thing that hasn’t changed. A serious car accident has left her mother homebound and their family scattered, living in four different places. In protest, Alice refuses to sleep in her home until the family is reunited, choosing instead to inhabit the For 12-year-old Alice, swimming is her life, especially this summer since it’s the only thing that hasn’t changed. A serious car accident has left her mother homebound and their family scattered, living in four different places. In protest, Alice refuses to sleep in her home until the family is reunited, choosing instead to inhabit the backyard in the family’s old tent. Late one evening she meets the new next-door neighbor, a young girl named Piper who does not speak. Soon Alice starts babysitting Piper and is surprised when she hears Piper speak—but no one believes her. With the help of a new friend, Harriet, and Piper’s older half-brother, Owen, Alice sets out to prove that Piper isn’t so silent after all. Alice is a strong, self-driven girl determined to excel in a sport underrepresented in children’s fiction. The descriptions of swimming events are vivid and authentic, but, unfortunately, that does not extend to much of the dialogue, plot points, and characters. One-dimensional, absentee adults abound. Despite this, Diehl possesses real potential as a middle grade writer with descriptive imagery that can be quite beautiful at times. VERDICT An interesting, if uneven, story. A secondary purchase for most libraries.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library

Book Details

ISBN

9781452163352

First Release

September 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 5/8" x 5 5/8"

Page Count

360

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.4; Points: 12;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.2; Points: 19;

Lexile

Level 790L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Chronicle

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

9780763688165, 9780062445766, 9781599909677

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