Lenny's Book of Everything (Library Binding)
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"Holy Batman, this is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, heartwarming book." --R.J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder
Perfect for readers who love Liar and Spy, Counting by 7s, and Bridge to Terabithia, a heartwarming and transformative novel about family, loss, and never giving up from beloved author Karen Foxlee.
Lenny Spink is the sister of a giant. Her little brother, Davey, suffers from a rare form of gigantism and is taunted by other kids and turned away from school because of his size. To escape their cruel reality, Lenny and Davey obsess over the entries in their monthly installment of Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia set. Lenny vows to become a beetle expert, while Davey decides he will run away to Canada and build a log cabin. But as Davey's disease progresses, the siblings' richly imagined world becomes harder to cling to in this deeply moving and original novel about grief, family, and wonder.
"An imaginative and surprisingly tender story of the unbreakable bond between siblings."--Booklist, starred review
"Lyrical and emotionally complex."--Kirkus
"The heart of this story--and the magic of it--is the devotion of these two siblings who together navigate the harsh realities of life and loss."--Publishers Weekly
"Foxlee's writing is infused with a hint of magic, just as the animals and places that Lenny and Davey read about fill their lives with curiosity and joy."--SLJ
About the Author
Karen Foxlee is the author of The Anatomy of Wings, The Midnight Dress, and the middle-grade novels A Most Magical Girl and Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy, which has received five starred reviews. She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her daughter. Learn more about Karen and her books at KarenFoxlee.com and on Twitter at @KarenFoxlee.
"Holy Batman, this is a gorgeous, heartbreaking, and heartwarming book" —R.J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wonder
"An imaginative and surprisingly tender story of the unbreakable bond between siblings."—Booklist, starred review
"Exceptional …precisely observed, engrossing and tender." —The Sunday Times (UK)
"Themes of family and forgiveness are front and center, but the heart of this story—and the magic of it—is the devotion of these two siblings who together navigate the harsh realities of life and loss." —Publishers Weekly
"Lyrical and emotionally complex, this coming-of-age tale explores 'all the giant things and all the great things' about family and growing up." —Kirkus Reviews
“Though I defy you to read it without tears, Lenny’s Book of Everything is warm, humorous, absolutely real, and above all, uplifting. It’s also the best book I’ve read this year.” —Wendy Orr, author of Nim’s Island
“A beautiful read. I savored every word and loved every character . . . such a big heart and not a beat out of place.” —Melina Marchetta, author of Looking for Alibrandi and Saving Francesca