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  • ISBN: 0823449564
  • ISBN: 9780823449569
  • Physical Description: 246 pages ; 22 cm.
    print
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2022]

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Summary, etc.: William Wyatt Orser's life is turned upside down after his mother has a stroke, but the socially awkward, word-loving twelve-year-old finds glimmers of hope when he discovers friends who share his love of wordplay and books.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 10 to 12. Holiday House.
Grades 4-6. Holiday House.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 February #2
    *Starred Review* William Orser, called Worser by his classmates, is struggling after his mother experiences a devastating stroke that leaves her incapable of caring for him. To make matters worse, his aunt Iris has moved in and disrupted the calm, yet insular lifestyle he and his mother crafted after the death of his father. One of Worser's few expressive outlets is his Masterwork, a secret lexicon that he has added to over the years. When the school library is forced to reduce hours, Worser finds a new place to work on his Masterwork at Re-Visions, a used bookstore owned by the gruff Mr. Murray. In an effort to impress his crush, Donya, Worser convinces Mr. Murray to let the school's Lit Club meet at Re-Visions. To his surprise, Worser joins the Lit Club and finds refuge in the friends he makes there. But when the changes in Worser's life become too much to cope with, he lashes out in ways that have disastrous consequences for the people he cares about most. Full of SAT-worthy vocabulary and wordplay, this is a touching story about grief, trauma, and embracing change. This story is especially powerful due to its sensitive depictions of non-death-related grief, which Ziegler accurately captures. Readers looking for titles dealing with the intricacies of grief and family trauma will appreciate this selection. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 February #2
    *Starred Review* William Orser, called Worser by his classmates, is struggling after his mother experiences a devastating stroke that leaves her incapable of caring for him. To make matters worse, his aunt Iris has moved in and disrupted the calm, yet insular lifestyle he and his mother crafted after the death of his father. One of Worser's few expressive outlets is his Masterwork, a secret lexicon that he has added to over the years. When the school library is forced to reduce hours, Worser finds a new place to work on his Masterwork at Re-Visions, a used bookstore owned by the gruff Mr. Murray. In an effort to impress his crush, Donya, Worser convinces Mr. Murray to let the school's Lit Club meet at Re-Visions. To his surprise, Worser joins the Lit Club and finds refuge in the friends he makes there. But when the changes in Worser's life become too much to cope with, he lashes out in ways that have disastrous consequences for the people he cares about most. Full of SAT-worthy vocabulary and wordplay, this is a touching story about grief, trauma, and embracing change. This story is especially powerful due to its sensitive depictions of non-death-related grief, which Ziegler accurately captures. Readers looking for titles dealing with the intricacies of grief and family trauma will appreciate this selection. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jennifer Ziegler is an author of books for young adults and middle graders, including How Not to Be Popular, Revenge of the Flower Girls, and Revenge of the Teacher’s Pets. She is on the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA program on Writing for Children and Young Adults. Like Worser, she is a lover of words, word play, puzzles, libraries, and bookstores. Unlike Worser, she was never sent to the principal’s office. Jennifer lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, author Chris Barton. Visit her at jenniferziegler.com.

Subject: Change Fiction
Vocabulary Fiction
Plays on words Fiction
Cerebrovascular disease Fiction
Aunts Fiction
Mothers Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Bookstores Fiction
Middle schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Change Fiction Juvenile fiction
Vocabulary Fiction Juvenile fiction
Plays on words Fiction Juvenile fiction
Cerebrovascular disease Fiction Juvenile fiction
Aunts Fiction Juvenile fiction
Mothers Fiction Juvenile fiction
Friendship Fiction Juvenile fiction
Bookstores Fiction Juvenile fiction
Middle schools Fiction Juvenile fiction
Schools Fiction Juvenile fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / General
Genre: Novels.
School fiction.
Novels.
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