Still a Work in Progress

By: Jo Knowles

In an affecting and realistic novel with bright spots of humor, Noah faces the complexities of navigating middle school while feeling helpless in the face of a family crisis.

ISBN: 9780763672171

JLG Release: Sep 2016


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Eating disorders, References to self harm
Topics: Middle school , Cats , Family life , Eating disorders , Friendship , Parent-child relationships , Sibling relationships , Art

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YALSA 2017 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Fiction

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Book List, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

Noah, an average, unassuming middle schooler, is the kid his parents “don’t have to worry about,” as opposed to his older sister, Emma. At home, the family tiptoes around her eating disorder while going along with any and every food-related dictate Emma makes, in the hopes of avoiding a relapse. Noah navigates life with friends an Noah, an average, unassuming middle schooler, is the kid his parents “don’t have to worry about,” as opposed to his older sister, Emma. At home, the family tiptoes around her eating disorder while going along with any and every food-related dictate Emma makes, in the hopes of avoiding a relapse. Noah navigates life with friends and classmates at his small school, but the “Thing They Don’t Talk About” hangs over his head, particularly as he starts to suspect it might be happening again. When Emma does relapse, Noah attempts to go through the motions at home and at school, and he turns to his art as an emotional outlet for the pain and uncertainty in his life. Told from Noah’s point of view, with fully developed main and supporting characters, the story believably and poignantly shows the effects of an eating disorder on those around the afflicted person. Noah’s worry, anger, and guilt are palpable, and his desperation to understand why his sister struggles is often heartbreaking, as is his frustration with the way life goes on around him and his family. The interests of his friends and classmates begin to seem trivial, and readers will find his reactions honest and moving. VERDICT A realistic and sensitive depiction of a family in crisis and a young teen’s emotional journey through it.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL

Book Details

ISBN

9780763672171

First Release

September 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

7 3/4" x 5 1/4"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.1; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.8; Points: 15;

Lexile

Level 660L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Eating disorders, References to self harm

Topics

Middle school, Cats, Family life, Eating disorders, Friendship, Parent-child relationships, Sibling relationships, Art,

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