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, Contemporary, Poetry, Fiction
Rating

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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kristin Crouch
    1970-01-01
    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 autism. Sierra knows her mother’s alcoholism is problematic, but she yearns for her company. Reluctant to get comfortable with her new foster parents, she finds friend...
  • Laura Gardner
    1970-01-01
    @kidlitexchange #partner5/5 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 written in alternating prose and poetry from the perspective of two girls who look different on the outside, but are actually very alike. This book is a perfect, gentle re...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    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. While I disagreed with so many of the choices Lauren was making, (my “mom voice” shouting) I could understand her motivations and feel like I was a very similar, ...
  • Bella
    1970-01-01
    I was given an uncorrected ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I, not being a large fan of realistic fiction was not expecting much. However, it seemed like an interesting topic, so I read on and was completely shocked. One of the really interesting aspects of Every Shiny Thing, is that it is told in poetry and prose, which at first seemed like it wouldn't work, but the character's really fit into that alternative style. This b...
  • Laura Mossa
    1970-01-01
    Special thanks to Laurie Morrison for sending an advance reading copy of Every Shiny Thing to our #bookexcursion group. All opinions are my own. Every Shiny Thing is a uniquely structured novel told in alternating points of view. Told in prose, Lauren comes from an affluent family and is struggling with her parents’ decision to send her brother to a residential school for autistic teens. Told in verse, Sierra is the foster child of Lauren’s n...
  • Jessica
    1970-01-01
    4.5 stars I enjoyed that the book was written in verse for one character and then just regular chapters for the other. The style even seemed to fit their personalities and situations well. I got more and more uncomfortable as the book continued bc you could see it was all going to come to a head, which was well done. I like books that make me uncomfortable; that means the author(s) did well!I think the situation with Lauren’s autistic brother R...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    This book, told in two voices, tells the story of Lauren, an affluent young teen with an autistic brother whose empathy for others quickly helps her become friends with Sierra, the new girl at school. The other protagonist, whose story is told is told in verse, is that of Sierra, who is being placed in a foster home next to Lauren because her alcoholic mom has gotten into some trouble and is now in prison (along with her father). When Lauren's al...
  • Shannon Waugh
    1970-01-01
    @kidlitexchange #partner Thank you for providing me with this review copy of Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen & Laurie Morrison - On Sale April 2018. All opinions are my own.4/5 starsEvery Shiny Thing is the type of book that makes you smile and feel happy one minute, and cringe the next. But it really works in this book. There is a moral to the story and in the end, everyone learns and grows. This book is awesome for any child dealing with a...
  • Janieh Hermann
    1970-01-01
    I picked up the ARC of this book while at a library conference, attracted to the cover and title. After reading the blurb on the back, it was the first ARC I chose to read from the large pile that I had acquired and I am so glad that I did. This novel truly hits all the right notes in a wholly unique way and will appeal widely to tweens and teens. The alternating POV between the two main characters (which also alternates between prose and verse) ...