Features seven narrators, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspectivenbsp;on what makes their teacher so special. It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. nbsp; Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything–and everyone. “The characters are authentic and the short chapters are skillfully arranged to keep readers moving headlong toward the satisfying conclusion.”– School Library Journal, Starred “This powerful and emotional story is likely to spur discussion.”– Publishers Weekly “No one is perfect in this feel-good story, but everyone benefits, including sentimentally inclined readers.”– Kirkus Reviews “Compelling. . . . Readers will find much to ponder on the power of forgiveness.”– Booklist
I have to admit that I have a penchant for multiple narrator books. There is something almost voyeuristic about them. Seeing a narrative unfold through the eyes of several characters pulls you deeper into the story. I also think they are the perfect book to nudge a reluctant reader into gobbling up a novel. The different points of view move the story along quickly and the chapters tend to be on the shorter side making the reader feel like they are making excellent progress. Here are a few of my favorites ranging from fun to fantastical to fascinating.
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, three children– Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California– find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future. Includes instructions for making Origami Yoda.
National Book Award nominee! The magic of Savvy meets the complexity of When You Reach Me in this “blithe magical puzzle.” — The Wall Street Journal Told in multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. However, these encounters hold the key to Cady’s past and how she became an orphan. If she’s lucky, fate may reunite her with her long-lost parent. Lisa Graff adds a pinch of magic to a sharply crafted plot to create a novel that will have readers wondering about fate and the way we’re all connected. Praise for A TANGLE OF KNOTS “Lisa Graff has created a beautiful world of deliciously interconnected stories that draw you in.” –Abby West, Entertainment Weekly [ A-] * “Subtle and intricate, rich with humor and insight, this quietly magical adventure delights.” — Kirkus Reviews , starred review * “Combining the literary sensibility of E. B. White with the insouciance of Louis Sachar, Graff has written a tangle that should satisfy readers for years to come.” — Booklist , starred review “Graff’s story has a warmth and gentle humor that, along with the premise, calls to mind Ingrid Law’s Savvy.” — Publishers Weekly Less
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student.