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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Climax Public Library J SUM (Text) 33500013475835 New Available -
Fosston Public Library J SUM (Text) 33500013475843 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library j SUM (Text) 35500006519118 Main Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781534457034
  • ISBN: 1534457038
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2021]

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Summary, etc.:
When his father moves them halfway across Colorado, eleven-year-old Hugo O'Donnell is surprised that his remarkable talent for garbology makes him popular for the first time in his life.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 and Up. Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 July #1
    A chance to be "cool in school" sends a sixth-grader down a slippery slope in this snowy tale set in the Colorado Rockies. Being smaller than nearly everyone since his premature birth, Hugo is fed up with years of invisibility or, worse, head pats for luck. So when it gets out at his new middle school that he has a startling knack for extracting personal information from people's garbage, he grabs the chance at notoriety with both hands. But fame comes at the cost of hurting both his supportive cousin and classmate, Vijay, and his tightly wound new friend, Emilia. In a secondary plot that's also about second chances, ominous signs of parental friction continue even after Hugo's dad leaves his job in IT to pursue a dream of being a ski instructor, but in the end, they turn out to be less significant than they seem. Sumner (Roll with It, 2019) winningly explores themes of acceptance and physical and emotional vulnerabilities. Grades 4-6. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jamie Sumner is the author of Roll with It, Time to Roll, Tune It Out, One Kid’s Trash, and The Summer of June. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids. She is also the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and has written extensively about parenting a child with special needs. She and her family live in Nashville, Tennessee. Visit her at

Subject: Bullying > Fiction.
Popularity > Fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Moving, Household > Fiction.

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