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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library J DIL (Text) 33500013256821 New Available -
Fosston Public Library J DIL (Text) 33500013256839 New Checked out 11/04/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 0062803492
  • ISBN: 9780062803498
  • Physical Description: 301 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Pubishers, [2020]

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Eleven-year-old Ava Andrews has a Technicolor interior with a gray shell. On the inside, she bubbles with ideas and plans. On the outside, everyone except her best friend, Zelia, thinks she doesn’t talk or, worse, is stuck-up. What nobody knows is that Ava has invisible disabilities: anxiety and a heart condition.Ava hopes middle school will be a fresh start, but when Zelia moves across the country and Ava’s Nana Linda pushes her to speak up about social issues, she withdraws further. So Ava is shocked when her writing abilities impress her classmates and they invite her to join their improv group, making up stories onstage. Determined to prove she can control her anxiety, she joins--and discovers a whole new side of herself, and what it means to be on a team. But as Ava’s self-confidence blossoms, her relationship with Zelia strains, and she learns that it isn’t enough just to raise your voice--it’s how and why you use it that matters.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 April #2
    Sixth-grader Ava Andrews is dealing with a difficult cocktail of anxiety and a heart condition called noncompaction cardiomyopathy, both of which become more challenging without the reassurance of her best friend, Zelia. After Zelia moves away, hers and Ava's friendship is put to the test. Meanwhile, Ava is also pushed to try improv, but will these new stressors push Ava beyond her limits? In this #OwnVoices novel, Dilloway (Momotaro: Xander and the Dream Thief, 2017) crafts a narrative for fans of Wendy Mass' A Mango-Shaped Space (2003), where readers can live inside Ava's anxious thoughts and perhaps recognize themselves in her story. Paired with an activism plot and infused with plenty of creative endeavors and strong familial relationships, Five Things introduces young readers to Ava's conditions in a safe and cozy context. No doubt an excellent selection for book clubs for children, read-together picks, and for anyone who enjoys a good underdog story, this will be popular with fans of Cece Bell's El Deafo (2014) and Kayla Miller's Click (2019). Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Preteen girls > Juvenile fiction.
Anxiety > Juvenile fiction.
Improvisation (Acting) > Juvenile fiction.
Public speaking > Juvenile fiction.
Bashfulness > Juvenile fiction.

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