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  • ISBN: 0062643894
  • ISBN: 9780062643896
  • Physical Description: 354 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2019]

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"Rion Kwirk comes from a rather odd family. His mother named him and his sisters after her favorite constellations, and his father makes funky-flavored jellybeans for a living. One sister acts as if she's always on stage, and the other is a walking dictionary. But no one in the family is more odd than Rion's grandfather, Papa Kwirk. He's the kind of guy who shows up on his motorcycle only on holidays handing out crossbows and stuffed squirrels as presents. Rion has always been fascinated by Papa Kwirk, especially as his son, Rion's father, is the complete opposite. Where Dad is predictable, nerdy, and reassuringly boring, Papa Kwirk is mysterious, dangerous, and cool. Which is why, when Rion and his family learn of Papa Kwirk's death and pile into the car to attend his funeral and pay their respects, Rion can't help but feel that that's not the end of his story. That there's so much more to Papa Kwirk to discover. He doesn't know how right he is."-- Publisher's description.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    Rion seldom visited his grandfather, mainly because Dad didn't get along well with his father. But Papa Kwirk showed up on a motorcycle every Christmas Eve to give his grandchildren presents ranging from lethal (a combat knife, immediately confiscated by Mom) to creepy (a chipmunk he had personally stuffed). It's a shock when a singing-telegram clown arrives to announce his death. Soon the family embarks on a road trip to Papa Kwirk's small town, attends his unconventional funneral (accent on the fun) in a public park, and accepts a scavenger-hunt challenge that leads to surprising discoveries that encourage them to reevaluate the relative they thought they knew. While aspects of the story may strain credulity, readers will be happily swept along by Rion's first-person narration, which is often amusing, sometimes bemused, and occasionally even tender as he shows how his family was unwittingly drawn together by their shared experience. The author of Ms. Bixby's Last Day (2016), Posted (2017), and Granted (2018), Anderson offers another original novel written with wit and compassion. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Families > Juvenile fiction.
Grandfathers > Death > Juvenile fiction.
Constellations > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Grandfathers > Death > Fiction.
Constellations > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

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