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A Song Only I Can Hear

By: Barry Jonsberg

Rob Fitzgerald is determined to impress Destry Camberwick, the perfect new girl who he’s devastatingly in love with. But that’s a difficult task for a painfully shy wallflower who’s prone to panic attacks and would rather hang out with his grandad all day.

That is, until he starts getting mysterious text messages from an unknown number with challenges designed to encourage him to get out of his comfort zone. Is Rob Fitzgerald on the road to getting the girl? Or will fear keep him out of the spotlight forever?

ISBN: 9781534442528

JLG Release: Aug 2020


Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Mild Language , Discrimination: Gender Identity
Topics: Transgender children , Bashfulness , Self-confidence , Grandfathers , Family life , Gender identity , Australia , Family secrets , Mysteries , Crushes

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Set in a small town in Australia, this novel centers on 13-year-old Rob Fitzgerald, an awkward, extremely literal, die-hard romantic. He is obsessed with Destry Camberwick, who has little to no direct contact with Rob. Rob’s journey of self-discovery is a long one. The narrative occasionally drags from Rob’s endless, cringeworthy inner dialogue Set in a small town in Australia, this novel centers on 13-year-old Rob Fitzgerald, an awkward, extremely literal, die-hard romantic. He is obsessed with Destry Camberwick, who has little to no direct contact with Rob. Rob’s journey of self-discovery is a long one. The narrative occasionally drags from Rob’s endless, cringeworthy inner dialogue. Other than his obsession, he doesn’t have much of a personality, but he’s very vulnerable and gets support from some quirky and enjoyable interactions with his best friend, Andrew, and with Rob’s grandfather. Both of these characters provide compelling details that drive the plot forward: how Rob’s grandfather deals with post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in Vietnam; why Andrew’s tension with Rob makes sense by the end of the story. The chapters are brief and slightly jarring; just when readers may feel that the tale has too much filler, the ending delivers clarity, and the truth behind Rob and his insecurities. The supporting characters feel the impact, and ultimately, this is an amazing addition to books about the hardship of finding yourself and learning to live with disappointment in people you admire. Highly recommended for tweens and teens, but there are no barriers to using this with younger readers, too.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534442528

First Release

August 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Simon & Schuster BFYR

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Mild Language , Discrimination: Gender Identity

Topics

Transgender children, Bashfulness, Self-confidence, Grandfathers, Family life, Gender identity, Australia, Family secrets, Mysteries, Crushes,

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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