All the Impossible Things

All the Impossible Things

Red?s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby ?Red? Byrd is scared or angry, the wind picks up. And being placed in foster care, moving from family to family, tends to keep the skies stormy. Red knows she has to learn how to control it, but can't figure out how. This time, the wind blows Red into the home of the Grooves, a quirky co Red?s inexplicable power over the wind comes from her mother. Whenever Ruby ?Red? Byrd is scared or angry, the wind p...

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Title:All the Impossible Things
Author:Lindsay Lackey
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Genres:Childrens
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

All the Impossible Things Reviews

  • Eileen
    Oct 11, 2019
    This was an absolute tear-jerker for me, especially the last 25%. And I loved it! This is a beautiful story about Ruby "Red", a girl who has been in the foster system for 3 years. She has had many emotionally charged experiences in her life, including abandonment/neglect by her drug ad...
  • Sami
    Apr 02, 2019
    A truly beautiful addition to the middle grade canon that should go next to classics like The Thing About Jellyfish, The War That Saved My Life, and Because of Winn Dixie-it's that good. Red is eagerly counting down the days until her mother is released from prison so she can get out o...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 25, 2019
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Red has been in the foster care system for three years, after the death of her grandmother and the arrest of her mother for drug possession. She has been in several foster care placements, and has a caring case worker, Ms. Anders, who tries to help...
  • Bethany
    Sep 09, 2019
    All the Impossible Things is a beautiful story about family, different kinds of love, healing from trauma, and the foster care system, all with a dash of magical realism. Red has been bounced from foster home to foster home for the past two years, some of them abusive, while her mother...
  • Pam  Page
    Oct 05, 2019
    This is a great story that looks at the emotions a child goes through in foster care and the types of foster care situations that a child might encounter. It also looks at a parent's drug addiction and what that can do to relationships and family. There was a lot of sadness in this boo...
  • Kim Tomsic
    Oct 28, 2019
    Beautifully written story. Somethings things are hard--but NOT impossible! ...
  • Christie
    Jul 21, 2019
    This book has heart! Such a big heart! From the very first chapter, Lindsay's words make you fall in love with Red, and has you wishing for good things for her. Everything about Red makes the reader wish they could take her in themselves and give her a family and love. Until you meet C...
  • Alyson
    May 31, 2019
    All the Impossible Things was a magical and heartwarming story about a girl who is finding the true meaning of family. She is struggling with staying loyal to what she thinks is the right thing to do, while slowly realizing that perhaps there are better things out there for her. I foun...
  • Kate O'Shaughnessy
    Nov 25, 2018
    Oh, this book. Oh, my heart. I really, really, really loved this book. This exquisitely written debut details 11-year-old Red's journey through the foster care system. Beyond bouncing around from home to home, Red is also dealing with something else: she can control the wind, a p...
  • Darla
    Aug 17, 2019
    Who wouldn't want to visit the Groovy Petting Zoo and watch Fezzik the donkey feed the chickens? I also fell in love with Tuck the tortoise. The rescue animals surrounding Red in her new foster placement brought healing for her and value to the narrative. What took away from the book w...
  • Tory
    Sep 11, 2019
    3.5 rounded up because please let's talk about foster care more! What I didn't like was the wind magic thing -- this was such a realistic, down-to-earth story that that bit of magical realism was a bit jarring and, imho, unnecessary. ...
  • Robbie Wheeler
    Jul 21, 2019
    Great middle grades book!! Love the poignant, sweet relationship with Red & the Grooves. Makes me wish all foster homes & situations could be like this!! Great characters & a theme needs to be discussed! ...
  • Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
    May 18, 2019
    *loudly ugly crying while writing this review* Stop what you're doing and immediately go preorder this book! This has been the best Middle Grade book I've read all year and maybe my entire life. There are so many reasons to love this book, and I loved everything about it. I almost f...
  • Desdemona
    Oct 22, 2019
    This book makes my heart feel so full. Though the first line, where she talked about "getting the wind" from her mother, my initial reaction was "Dang that sucks you got bad gas, Ruby" and I had a little chuckle about it for a good bit. Cause that's not what Lackey meant AT ALL. Th...
  • Kathy
    Sep 11, 2019
    This is probably one of my favorite middle grade reads. This was a spectacular debut novel. It was a story of how a true family is not necessarily the one that you are born into. It addresses the foster care system in a very positive way and illness in a very honest way. I would highly...
  • Kristi Wright
    Sep 22, 2018
    Feeling All the Love for ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS I?m so in love with All the Impossible Things. This is a truly special, beautifully written middle grade novel?both poignant and super hopeful. MC Ruby ?Red? is relatable, resilient and brave, and currently stuck in the fos...
  • Laurie
    Jul 19, 2019
    If you want to read beautiful words and meet ?move into your heart? characters?this book is for you! Lindsay Lackey?s debut about a young girl navigating the foster care system is both raw and hopeful. I was floating on the lyrical language and touch of fantasy while also groun...
  • Amber Hyde
    Sep 23, 2019
    4/5 Stars. Oh the tears! This was really well done. I felt the struggles of each character and the trials and tribulations that families go through in regards to fostering children. I highly recommend everyone read this book. YA and up. ...
  • Brandi
    Jul 29, 2019
    Lindsay Lackey's 'All the Impossible Things' is a delightful, entertaining read. I really enjoyed the characters of Red, Jackson, Celine, Marvin and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kapule as well as his grandparents, Ms. Anders, Tuck, Gandalf and the other critters. Wanda was a good antagoni...
  • Laurie –A Court of Books–
    Aug 13, 2019
    ?When darkness closes in, though, the stars shine brightest.? I received an ARC of All the Impossible Things at BookExpo, this in no way impacts my review. However, my review is based on an unfinished and uncorrected copy, please note that the story and quotes may differ from t...
  • Lisa Trank
    Oct 21, 2019
    Oh my goodness. This book is one of those dna-changing books. A mentor text. Brave and heart-wrenching yet filled with love, hope, our internal storms that turn the world and us inside out. Red is a hero of the lost and left behind; her journey to the Grooves pet farm is so richly told...
  • Sara Codair
    Jul 25, 2019
    Alright, so I?m back to that middle grade reading spree! Granted, it hasn?t felt like much of a spree yet since this is only the third middle grade book I?ve read this summer? Spree or not, I received a free copy of All the Impossible Things from Netgalley and read the whole...
  • Catherine Perkins
    May 18, 2019
    What a beautiful story! I loved the way the power of the wind symbolized the grief and anger Red felt through her journey with losing her Gamma and being separated from her mother. I think that this is a perfect middle school read especially for students who are going through their own...
  • Taylor Wilson
    Jul 28, 2019
    This is an absolutely lovely story. I would consider it "magical realism" as Red's powers are the one and only magical element to this story. Otherwise, it reads as a very real, very emotional story of a young girl moving from foster home to foster home, waiting for her mother to be re...
  • Kristin Thorsness
    Jul 20, 2019
    This story was nothing short of wondrous. It follows Ruby ?Red? Byrd, a girl in foster care who desperately wants to find a place where she belongs. Red believes this place is with her mother, so she carefully avoids getting too attached to any of her foster homes. When she moves i...
  • Hannah Greendale
    Aug 11, 2019
    Many books falsely present themselves as a good fit for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish, but All the Impossible Things is the real deal. Meaning, if you?re looking for a book to tear your heart from your chest, rend it through storm winds, and return it battered and bruised, then t...
  • Triana (bibliomaniacism)
    Jul 27, 2019
    Shout out to Macmillan for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! This book is so amazing!!!! Definitely one of my favorite middle-grade novels out there. I loved this book so much. The story was so raw, and the way it dealt with so many hard topics was a terrific ...
  • Melissa Adamo
    Jul 15, 2019
    All the Impossible Things is an absolute MUST read!! While it is a middle grade book, it is so wonderfully written that people of all ages will love this story. I'm 30 years old, and as soon as I picked this book up I was so fully immersed I couldn't put it down. Overview: A...
  • Clare O'Connor
    May 07, 2019
    ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS is one of the best middle-grade books I?ve ever had the privilege of reading. The book follows the story of 11-year-old Ruby (who goes by the nickname Red). Red is dealing with a whole lot of hard stuff: grandmother's death, mother in prison, and hav...
  • rachelwrites007
    Sep 13, 2019
    Oh this book. What a special special book. ...