Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

by Caela Carter

On Sale: 10/19/2021

Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

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Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers

by Caela Carter

On Sale: 10/19/2021


About the Book

From the critically acclaimed author of the ALA Notable and Charlotte Huck Honor Book Forever, or a Long, Long Time comes a moving own-voices story that shines a light on how one girl’s learning differences are neither right nor wrong…just perfectly individual. For fans of Alyson Gerber, Cammie McGovern, and Kathryn Erskine.

No one can figure out what Gwendolyn Rogers’s problem is—not her mom, or her teachers, or any of the many therapists she’s seen. But Gwendolyn knows she doesn’t have just one thing wrong with her: she has fifty-four.

At least, according to a confidential school report (that she read because she is #16. Sneaky, not to mention #13. Impulsive). So Gwendolyn needs a plan, because if she doesn’t get these fifty-four things under control, she’s not going to be able to go to horse camp this summer with her half-brother, Tyler.

But Tyler can’t help her because there’s only one thing “wrong” with him: ADHD.

And her best friend Hettie can’t help her because there’s nothing wrong with Hettie. She’s perfect.

So Gwendolyn is hopeless until she remembers the one thing that helped her mother when her own life was out of control. Or actually, the twelve things. Can these Twelve Steps that cured her mother somehow cure Gwendolyn too?

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Critical Praise

"An important heart-level look inside a girl that so many other kids will surely relate to. Gwendolyn's quest to understand 'What's wrong with me?' reveals there is so much right with her. Kids, teachers, parents, please read!"  - Sally J. Pla, award-winning author of The Someday Birds

"This beautiful and important book reminds us that kids are not problems to be solved, sorted, and labeled. It urges us to make space in our hearts—and in our world—for all the forms of neurodiversity we don't yet understand."  - Alyson Gerber, author of Taking Up SpaceFocused, and Braced

“Carter doesn't flinch from presenting the complicated reality that goes hand-in-hand with the issues Gwendolyn is facing. Thankfully, along with her 54 challenges, she has a ton of guts, love, and empathy. Carter knows this story well, and readers will get much out of reading this wise book about confronting and accepting neurological differences.” 
- Cammie McGovern, author of Just My Luck and Chester and Gus

"Heartbreakingly real, Fifty-Four Things Wrong with Gwendolyn Rogers captures the impossible experience of going through school feeling like you're a squirrel being told you should be a tree. This is an important book to add to classrooms, to understand that everyone has more than meets the eye." - Margaret Dilloway, author of Summer of a Thousand Pies

"An up-close, inside look at one girl's extraordinary brain, and the patience and perseverance she has to understand exactly how she fits. I am more compassionate for having read Gwendolyn's story."  - Lindsey Stoddard, author of Right as Rain and Brave Like That

“Caela Carter's middle grade debut about how we see ourselves is in turns heartbreaking and hopeful. I cheered on Gwendolyn Rogers during her honest and brave struggle with all that's "wrong" with her. If only I had the space to write the 54 things that made this character and book perfect just as they are.”  - Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Best Worst Summer


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062996633
  • ISBN 10: 0062996630
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 10/19/2021
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Special Needs
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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