Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen

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 until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits S...


Details Every Shiny Thing

TitleEvery Shiny Thing
Author
Release DateApr 17th, 2018
PublisherAbrams/Amulet Books
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Realistic Fiction, Poetry, Contemporary, Fiction, Family
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Reviews Every Shiny Thing

  • Kate Olson
    1970-01-01
    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 since I read THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU by Jen Maschari back in August.....and I read a LOT of MG!EVERY SHINY THING nails it with the following things:* gorgeous alt...
  • Jenn Bishop
    1970-01-01
    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 backgrounds. Lauren's family is affluent and stable, but her older autistic brother's departure for a special school several states away has left her unhinged. In his a...
  • Ms. Yingling
    1970-01-01
    E ARC from Netgalley.comLauren 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 school that preaches simplicity even though most of the students are from very rich backgrounds and don't necessarily follow these teachings. Sierra's father is in j...
  • Suze Lavender
    1970-01-01
    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 and misses him dearly. Her parents are convinced it's the best choice for Ryan and don't want to talk about their decision. Lauren's best friend doesn't understand...
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    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 in verse, which can be a compelling storytelling technique. However I thought Sierra's chapters were much more engaging and well-written than Lauren's, and I feel th...
  • Kathie
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Charlotte Huang
    1970-01-01
    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one.
  • Sarah
    1970-01-01
    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. Lauren narrates her side of the story in traditional text. As the seventh-grade school year begins she is angry with her parents for sending her older brother off to a ...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is.The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are both 7th graders. Lauren is struggling with the absence of her older, autistic brother who is beginning his first year at a specialized, residential school in North Ca...
  • Niki
    1970-01-01
    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.)Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each other. Lauren is struggling to deal with her brother with autism moving away to attend a specialized school, as well as the inequities she is beginning to notice around...
  • Patrick
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Miriam McNamara
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Trisha
    1970-01-01
    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic.Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse.
  • Mae Respicio
    1970-01-01
    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose.
  • Marie Cruz
    1970-01-01
    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :)
  • Karina
    1970-01-01
    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book.
  • Christina
    1970-01-01
    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!
  • Jenny Ashby
    1970-01-01
    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren is quite flawed. Even when she believes she is doing good, she isn't. She is coming from a privileged life and is completely blind to her privilege when it comes t...
  • Erin Moulton
    1970-01-01
    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 the street from Lauren’s house, the two girls meet and become fast friends. Fed up with her parent’s perceived constant spending and motivated by her Quaker Sc...
  • Laura Sibson
    1970-01-01
    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 voices gave the story a depth and richness that would have been difficult to achieve with just one narrator. It was so much fun for me to read about the area where I l...
  • Sandy O'Brien
    1970-01-01
    “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. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.” Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    1970-01-01
    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well!
  • Anne-Marie
    1970-01-01
    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. Sierra’s family, however, is a bit different—her dad is in prison and her mom is an alcoholic. Placed in foster care, Sierra struggles with her new surroundings but...
  • Karlyn Leslie
    1970-01-01
    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 girls are missing important people in their life, and suffer because of their absence. In Lauren's case, her autistic brother has moved away to attend a therapeutic ...
  • Meghan
    1970-01-01
    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 boarding school for autistic teens. Lauren’s not happy about that, because what was wrong with his old occupational therapist and how dare these people think they kn...
  • Janet Slipak
    1970-01-01
    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 until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits S...
  • Jayme Carruthers
    1970-01-01
    @kidlitexchange #partnerThank 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 and heartbreak, and family. This is a must read!Lauren's story is written in prose and tells of a young girl who really wants to make the world a better place. Her brother...
  • Lesley
    1970-01-01
    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 close to her brother Ryan but when he is sent to a boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum, Lauren is sure that he isn’t happy, that the school is not meetin...
  • Susan
    1970-01-01
    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 alone until they find each other. They are both determined to do whatever is necessary to get their families back together again, even if it might mean breaking some ...
  • Literacy Alliance
    1970-01-01
    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, a tween fraught with compassion and her rapidly changing family dynamics. Lauren’s autistic brother has just moved to NC in hopes that a specialized school will be...