Sonnenblick, Jordan Falling Over Sideways, 272 pages. Scholastic Press, 2016. $18. Language: PG (6 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.
Claire originally thinks that the worst part of 8th grade is going to be being left behind as her two best friends advance to the upper level dance classes, leaving her behind with the “babies”. Then comes the morning her father has a stroke at the breakfast table. Now he is at home from the hospital and struggling just to feed himself. Claire can’t relate to this alien who has taken over her beloved father’s body and avoids him as much as possible until her brother and mother confront her about her attitude and she finds a way to re-engage with her father and find some rays of hope with this new reality.
If you think that it would be impossible to write a comedic book about a stroke victim, you would be dead wrong You just have to give the challenge to Sonnenblick – the man who also made cancer hilarious! Of course, he also manages to keep everything realistic, which makes is that much more emotional.
MS – ESSENTIAL. Cindy, Library Teacher