Every Single Second

by Tricia Springstubb, Diana Sudyka

On Sale: 06/07/2016

Every Single Second

by Tricia Springstubb

illustrated by Diana Sudyka

On Sale: 06/07/2016

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About the Book

From acclaimed author Tricia Springstubb comes a poignant and topical middle grade novel about the effects of an accidental shooting on family, friendship, and community. Perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Holm and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”—an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.

Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge—the future will be up to her. 

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Critical Praise

★ “With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

★ “Nella’s growing awareness of endings and beginnings, the meaning of friendship, and the power of choices combine to create an unsettling, compelling, and heartwarming tale.” - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A complex and rich tale, one that will have readers pondering, along with Nella, life’s big questions.” - Horn Book Magazine

“Springstubb admirably takes on a sensitive and difficult contemporary American issue. Sure to spark discussion in classrooms and book clubs.” - School Library Journal

“Rich in complex issues that include caring for the elderly, the problems of friendship, and the role of God in everyday life.” - Booklist

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062366283
  • ISBN 10: 0062366289
  • Imprint: Balzer + Bray
  • On Sale: 06/07/2016
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings

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