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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Erin Entrada Kelly Narrator: Amielynn Abellera Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780062821409
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Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First is an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Her perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.

Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different—Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways, as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. This engaging story about growing up and finding your place in the world by the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature will appeal to fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Will appeal to anyone who has ever felt a bit lost in the universe.”

    School Library Journal on Hello, Universe

  • “Hopeful and heartfelt.”

    Booklist on The Land of Forgotten Girls

  • “A true triumph.”

    Publishers Weekly on Blackbird Fly

  • “Heartfelt and hopeful, this novel will encourage young readers to offer their hand in friendship to kids who, just like them, might be struggling.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Kelly balances the humiliations of middle school…with real kindness; each protagonist believably becomes more honest and forms new connections. Ultimately, Kelly crafts an incisive portrait of friendship and resilience.

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The story’s momentum never falters as, chapter by chapter, the disarming third-person text shuttles between Charlotte’s story, set in Pennsylvania, and Ben’s in Louisiana…The link between the two main characters becomes a subtle bond that enables each one to make it through an emotionally challenging week and come out stronger.”

    Booklist

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About the Author

Erin Entrada Kelly is also the author of Blackbird Fly, The Land of Forgotten Girls, and Hello, Universe. She was raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but now lives in Philadelphia.

About the Narrator

Amielynn Abellera, an Earphones Award-winning narrator, has worked at the Mark Taper Forum, Berkeley Repertory, San Jose Stage, Shakespeare Center of LA, MainStreet Theatre, Theatre @ Boston Court, Chalk Repertory, Artists at Play, LA Women’s Shakespeare, and Katselas Theatre Company. She received her MFA degree in acting from the University of Southern California and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.