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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 158 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689865058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689865053
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*"[A Certain October] provides raw and honest insight into all of the emotions the teen is experiencing…This fast-paced, well-crafted novel is capable of engaging even the most reluctant readers."
--SLJ, starred review

*“This slim book looks like it will be a quick read, but it turns out to be much more demanding—and rewarding—due to the story’s complex structure and the author’s gift for showing, not telling.”
--The Horn Book, starred review

*"A wonderfully crafted and deeply satisfying novel, full of detail that provides texture and meaning."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

*"A story of dazzling immediacy…Realistic dialogue and a cast of vibrant characters give lively texture to Johnson's nonlinear narrative. Through minimal exposition and Scotty's singular voice, Johnson gracefully explores life's defining moments, whether painful or bittersweet, and how the world carries on, even when everything has changed." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

About the Author

Angela Johnson has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels The First Part Last, Heaven, and Toning the Sweep. The First Part Last was also the recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award. She is also the author of the novels Looking for Red and A Certain October. Her books for younger readers include the Coretta Scott King Honor Book When I Am Old with You, illustrated by David Soman; Wind Flyers and I Dream of Trains, both illustrated by Loren Long; and Lottie Paris Lives Here and its sequel Lottie Paris and the Best Place, both illustrated by Scott M. Fischer. Additional picture books include A Sweet Smell of Roses, Just Like Josh Gibson, The Day Ray Got Away, and All Different Now. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio. Visit her at AJohnsonAuthor.com.

More About the Author

Angela Johnson is the author of the Coretta Scott King Honor picture book When I Am Old with You; as well as A Sweet Smell of Roses, illustrated by Eric Velasquez; Just Like Josh Gibson, illustrated by Beth Peck; and I Dream of Trains, which was also illustrated by Loren Long. She has won three Coretta Scott King Awards, one each for her novels Heaven, Toning the Sweep, and The First Part Last. In recognition of her outstanding talent, Angela was named a 2003 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marguerite J. Eberhardt on November 13, 2012
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I bought the book for my granddaughter based on the reviews. She loved it and read it in one day.
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A Certain October by Angela Johnson (YA)

I have enjoyed Johnson's books The First Part Last and Heaven and A Certain October kept that streak going....Scotty is in a train crash with her friend Kris and her younger autistic brother Keone. Scotty feels responsible for all that happens after the crash and tries to heal--inside and out. This is a good, quick read that has elements of teenage romance, humor and characters that one will care about.
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Like Angela Johnson's other works, she writes about a tough topic, stays true to life, and makes the most mundane parts of our daily lives into a whisper of poetry. Some parts hit hard, and the ending was realistic, beautiful, and satisfying. I especially enjoyed the camaraderie between Scotty and her two best friends.
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By Kayla Hunt on August 20, 2014
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful By hjrobbinsrn on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at our public library for my almost 13 year-old daughter. It was a new book to our library and I chose it based on the award notation on the cover. I decided to read it myself first since there are no reviews on Amazon. It was easy to read, but I was uncomforatble with some of the content. There were numerous homosexual references. In the middle of the story Scotty has an encounter with a boy and references are made to birth control and condoms. The whole scene was definitely sexual and not something my daughter should be reading at this age. I am dissapointed that the School Library Journal review here ion Amazon does not list the recommended age level for this book. I stopped reading it when it got sexual, so I do not know how it ends. Just wanted to warn parents who like to know what their kids are reading.
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