The Astonishing Maybe
The Astonishing Maybe
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Annotation: Soon after his family's move to small-town Nevada, rising seventh-grader Gideon befriends an intriguing neighbor, Rooney, who is hiding secrets about her past.
Catalog Number: #181461
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 230 pages
Availability: Out of Stock from Publisher
ISBN: 1-250-19183-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-19183-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018019103
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Middle-schooler Gideon Quinton wasn't thrilled about moving with his family across the U.S. to nowhere Nevada right at the start of summer break. When he arrives to his new neighborhood, he notices there's a girl next door about his age who wears a baby blanket as a cape, rainbow socks up to her knees, and a swimsuit over her shorts and tee to skate outside. He quickly learns this getup is Roona's alter ego's supersuit, for when she needs to be Wonder Roo, and she takes him on (un-Gideon-like) wild, hobbit-like adventures. After some troublemaking and truth-telling, he learns much more than he thinks he can handle about Roona's homelife and is stuck: Break his promise to not tell his parents what's happening or get her and her mom the help he knows they need? For the reader, especially any adult reader, this story is heartbreaking. For the young reader, it's not much easier, but Grimes offers a story that's easy to engage with, told through a kid narrator who cares and wants to do right by everyone.
Horn Book
Gideon's unhappy that his family moved to Nevada the summer before seventh grade. He is, however, intrigued by next-door neighbor Roona, even though she sometimes wears a blanket cape and talks about magic. But Roona's life is complicated, leaving quiet, sheltered Gideon quickly out of his depth. Themes of parental mental illness and abuse are handled sensitively in this surprisingly weighty friendship story.
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Word Count: 38,387
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 5.0 / quiz: 502940 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:10.0 / quiz:Q76781
Lexile: 580L

Friendship, heartbreak, and defining what family means are rarely as sensitively, beautifully portrayed in middle-grade fiction. Shaunta Grimes is an extraordinary new talent. Gideon hates the idea of moving to Nevada from the East Coast. It's so empty and hot in his new neighborhood. Only one person his age lives nearby: the girl next door, Roona. Gid notices right away that Roona is . . . different. She wears roller skates and a blanket as a cape when she needs to feel strong. What he doesn't bargain for, however, is how far outside his comfort zone Roona will take him as she enlists his help in finding her long-gone father. For a kid who's not allowed to ride his bike more than a few blocks from home, this will be an adventure of a lifetime.

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