Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)

Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)

A Publishers Weekly and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year about Wren Jo Byrd, a nine-year-old introvert whose life has gone topsy-turvy ever since her dad moved out. "By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming--exactly like real life. Julie Bowe takes on the tough questions about what it means to be honest, to be a good friend, and to be a family, and offers answers tha A Publishers Weekly and Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Year about Wren Jo Byrd, a nine-year-old introvert whose ...

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Title:Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)
Author:Julie Bowe
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Genres:Childrens
ISBN:0803736932
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:228 pages pages

Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) Reviews

  • Becky
    Jun 20, 2017
    First sentence: Lots of things have changed since my last first week of school. Premise/plot: Wren Jo Byrd is the heroine of Julie Bowe's newest book, Big & Little Questions. She has had a whole summer to get used to the idea of her parents getting a divorce, but, she hasn't rea...
  • Sarah Sammis
    Jan 11, 2018
    But the kids at school have maintained their friendships through the thick and thin. Sure, sometimes families move away. Sometimes the move means a friendship becomes a long distance one via email and texting, and sometimes old friends are replaced by new friends. But it's very rarely ...
  • Alexa Hamilton
    Sep 11, 2017
    I'm really glad there are still good books addressing divorce out there--sometimes I think we don't remember what a hard time this can be for kids, and I think Wren's experience is not special. She doesn't want to tell everyone because she's upset and worried about what the other girls...
  • Afton Nelson
    May 15, 2018
    Great voice and a lot of heart. This one had me turning the pages. ...
  • Danielle Hammelef
    May 23, 2017
    This author captured an authentic voice of a young girl whose parents are divorcing. I love Wren and how she dealt with her big family changes, her friends, and telling the truth/dealing with consequences of lying. Her questions are some other kids are asking too and this is a highly r...
  • Sarah
    Mar 20, 2017
    I liked this but I think it straddles an odd line for audience. It's long for a younger elementary reader, but Wren is nine. Normally, kids prefer to read about characters slightly older than they are, so it just seems a bit off. But, I could be wrong. It's great for capturing the comp...
  • Heather
    Jan 25, 2017
    When her parents told nine-year-old Wren they were getting a divorce, they said it had nothing to do with her. But it feels like it has everything to do with her. She's the one who has to eat dinner at a desk in her mom's office now, instead of at the dining room table. She's the one w...
  • Melanie Coombes
    Mar 21, 2017
    This was a story about dealing with change. Nine year old Wren learns her parents are getting a divorce and struggles to figure out how to deal with this. Then, on top of this devastating news, her best friend Amber is now snubbing her for the new student, Marianna. Since Bryd's pare...
  • Suzanne
    Jan 17, 2017
    Some questions seem like little things. What does your house look like? That seems like a small thing. But if your parents have divorced and you now have two homes, which house does that question refer to? How do you answer that question? What did you do over the summer? Again, that se...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 15, 2017
    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline Wren has had to spend the summer with her grandparents because her parents are divorcing, and she is too scared to tell her best friend Amber why she had to be gone, so didn't even explain why she had to miss Amber's birthday party. In Wren's ...
  • Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
    May 15, 2017
    Divorce is a big deal, and it totally changes your world. But what if you can keep it a secret? From your new teacher, your friends, and even yourself? ...
  • Sandy Brehl
    Sep 21, 2016
    I was one of the lucky ones to read an advanced copy of this latest book by Julie Bowe. She's proven her mastery of the voice, sensibility, and struggles of 8-10 year olds in her prior series and carries that talent forward in this single title. Wren Jo Byrd (don't you love that name?)...
  • Sara Truog
    Nov 30, 2017
    A 9-year-old girl whose parents divorce decides to keep the event a secret. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but it wasn't a standout. ...
  • Allison Renner
    Jul 27, 2017
    This is a great middle grade book about dealing with divorce, friendships, and all the changes that happen at this age. The characters were very well-developed. ...
  • Beth Rodgers
    May 28, 2017
    'Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)' by Julie Bowe follows nine-year-old Wren as she navigates life after her parents' divorce. Having gone away for the summer without telling any of her friends why, she is hesitant to share that her parents have decided to get a di...
  • Kim McGee
    Jan 21, 2017
    Wren's parents are getting a divorce and she spends her week with mom (a librarian!) and weekends with dad at the cabin he is renovating. The problem is that Wren can't seem to find a way to share what is happening at home with anyone from school - even her best friend Amber. When the ...
  • Bibliomama
    Feb 26, 2019
    Unexpectedly sweet story about keeping secrets, and sharing secrets. And asking lots of questions. And creating book nooks. ...
  • Erin
    Jan 27, 2019
    Sweet and sad. The story of Wren, 9 years old and reeling from her parents? divorce. Nice emotional heft. ...
  • Bridgette
    Dec 14, 2018
    This book teaches a very valuable lesson that I haven't found in another book for this age yet. It teaches that things aren't what they always appear to be. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. Amber isn't the only one unhappy with her life and hiding secrets. This book te...
  • Anne
    Apr 05, 2018
    My 10 year old daughter recommended this book to me. It is a sweet middle grade read about a family going through big changes. I would recommend it to parents who are divorcing. ...
  • C. L.
    Mar 21, 2017
    Simple, but very, very good. The protagonist is nine-years-old, and the author has effectively tapped into the emotions, thought processes, and social shuffling of that developmental stage. A straightforward book about how two different girls deal with divorce, it was a little hard for...
  • Sheri Howard
    Jul 08, 2019
    Sweet...might resonate with 9- to 10-year olds struggling with their parent's divorce. ...
  • Samantha
    Jan 19, 2018
    This was a light, easy read on a particularly heavy topic for the desired audience. Unfortunately, today divorce is much more common than it once was. Many children come from complicated home lives and extended family trees. In this more ?rose-colored? world of Wren, she seems to b...
  • Amanda Rehfeld
    Sep 26, 2017
    Summary (Intermediate) Like any other student, Wren Jo Byrd, is excited that it is summer vacation. Her excitement is overshadowed when she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce and that she has to spend the summer with her grandparents. She is left with no time to say good...
  • Vina
    May 22, 2018
    Great book for middle school age children. The book title sums it up. The character deals and tries to understand the decisions of divorce. ...
  • Tara Ethridge
    Jul 28, 2019
    Such a perfect book for kids who are just ready to jump into more complex chapter books. Wren?s parents are getting a divorce, and she doesn?t want to tell anyone, so she starts a series of lies so others don?t find out. And, the annoying new girl turns out to be the only person ...
  • Kelly Gunderman
    Mar 20, 2017
    Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings! Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) is a delightful book that deals with a common family issue in a realistic and important way. For any child who has ever been in the middl...
  • Miss Sarah
    Apr 10, 2018
    Wren Jo Byrd and her family are going gt through big changes and she has lots of questions about the changes. Can her new friend help her or is keeping everything to herself the best option? This is a great recommendation for a child experiencing divorce. It presents real life question...
  • Salamah
    Mar 13, 2017
    Wren JoByrd mind is full of questions. She has had so many changes in her life that she is trying to figure it all out. Her biggest question is how to still have a family when her parents are divorcing. On top of that she missed hanging out with all her friends this summer, especially ...
  • So
    Jul 01, 2019
    This is a wonderfully written story about a young girl who's life just shifted in a huge way. She has so many questions and hardly any answers about her parents divorce. It's a hard time for her and we get a clear glance into what divorce can do to a child. ...