Every Shiny Thing

Every Shiny Thing

In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren?s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Lauren?s wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on bei...

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Title:Every Shiny Thing
Author:Cordelia Jensen
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Every Shiny Thing Reviews

  • Laura Gardner
    Jan 19, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner 5/5 for EVERY SHINY THING published by @abramskids, written by @cordeliajensen1 and @laurielmorrison. _*_*_*_* I LOVED THIS BOOK! I started it last night and finished it this morning because I could. not. put. it. down. Every Shiny Thing is a gorgeous book w...
  • Erin Moulton
    Aug 30, 2017
    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...
  • Sarah
    Mar 17, 2018
    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Oct 19, 2017
    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 22, 2018
    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...
  • Christina
    Nov 05, 2017
    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...
  • Laura Sibson
    Nov 15, 2017
    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...
  • Karina
    Mar 14, 2018
    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...
  • Audrey
    Jun 03, 2018
    The last time (and also the first and only time) I read a novel which is told in part verse and part prose was Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry and I loved it. This time was not exception. Every Shiny Thing was good especially Sierra's part which is the verse part. I could not find myself ...
  • Marie Cruz
    Mar 08, 2018
    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...
  • Anne-Marie
    Oct 16, 2017
    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...
  • Trisha
    Feb 21, 2018
    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...
  • Patrick
    Feb 21, 2018
    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...
  • Jayme Carruthers
    May 14, 2018
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of Every Shiny Thing. All opinions are my own. Authors Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison combine two beautiful writing styles to create a captivating story of right and wrong, friendship, love...
  • Susan
    Jun 04, 2018
    Lauren and Sierra are very different girls, but they also have a lot in common. Sierra just moved in next door to Lauren, they are the same age, they go to the same Quaker school and most importantly they both recently lost someone they love. Consequently, they are both feeling very al...
  • Kathie
    May 12, 2018
    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jan 13, 2018
    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...
  • Literacy Alliance
    Mar 30, 2018
    Sierra?s mom is once again struggling with her addiction to drugs, alcohol, and poorly chosen men while her father is serving jail time for similar vices. Placed in the foster care system, Sierra moves in with a kind, mysteriously heartbroken interracial couple next door to Lauren,...
  • Katie
    Mar 15, 2018
    This is easily one of the most realistic, relatable middle grade novels I have read in a long time. It has been a couple of decades since I was the age of these characters, but they were so well written that I was instantly transported back to that state of mind while I was reading. ...
  • Miriam McNamara
    Feb 14, 2018
    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...
  • Suze Lavender
    Apr 17, 2018
    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...
  • Charlotte Huang
    May 30, 2018
    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...
  • Sandy O'Brien
    Feb 04, 2018
    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...
  • Stephanie
    Mar 04, 2018
    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...
  • Jenn Bishop
    Oct 05, 2017
    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...
  • Lesley
    Feb 16, 2018
    In Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison?s new MG novel Every Shiny Thing readers follow the journey of two new friends from different types of lives as they discover themselves and how they can navigate their lives. Lauren is a wealthy teen who goes to a Quaker school. She is very cl...
  • Janet Slipak
    Mar 30, 2018
    In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren?s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectr...
  • Kristin Crouch
    Feb 04, 2018
    Thank you to Laurie Morrison and Cordelia Jensen for providing #collabookation an ARC of Every Shiny Thing to share. Sierra has just been placed in a foster home across the street from Lauren, whose older brother, Ryan, has just gone away to a specialized school for students with aut...
  • Meghan
    Apr 08, 2018
    Oh dang, this book went in so many directions and I loved it. Okay, so we?ve got two protagonists here: Lauren and Sierra. Lauren lives in a very affluent suburb, and as the story starts she and her parents are on the way home after dropping off her older brother Ryan at a special...
  • Karlyn Leslie
    May 27, 2018
    I love how this book shows how two characters with drastically different upbringings can understand each other as unconditionally as Lauren and Sierra. Lauren comes from a privileged family with "all the shiny things" and Sierra is in foster care because of her alcoholic mother. Both g...