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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (July 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159643743X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596437432
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up–Brother Grace, 17, grew up with little to call his own beyond the good sense and uncommon courtesy taught by his grandmother Mem. Waking up after a night of hard drinking with his buddy Cole, a friend from the rest home where both work and from GED classes, Brother finds Mem dead in her bed. He's not shocked that she finally succumbed to cancer, but he is floored by what she has circled in the newspaper: an image of the son of the North Carolina senator she hates. The teen is identified as Gabriel, but the face staring back at Brother is his own. He starts off on a journey to Winter Island, ancestral home of the Graysons where Mem grew up as the housekeeper's daughter, with his dog, Trooper, and Cole's five-year-old brother, Jack, in a Buick from his elderly neighbor. The Buick doesn't make it that far, but an amazing rest-stop rescue by Trooper puts beautiful, smart, and practical Kit in Brother's path, the perfect ally at the ideal time to get him where he needs to be: the island with all the answers, though they won't be easy to get from the great and powerful senator, his family, or his political minions. More about human nature and relationships than action, this prince-and-pauper tale will have readers poised to learn the truth with Brother, rooting for him. This uplifting underdog story, featuring actual dogs, will draw thoughtful readers with its well-wrought characters and themes of family secrets, romance, and virtue.–Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

On the day his beloved grandmother dies, 18-year-old Billy “Brother” Grace discovers an unexpected legacy: an identical-twin brother who has been raised by wealthy, powerful, and corrupt Senator Grayson. His twin, Gabriel, has material luxuries but not the warm, loving upbringing Brother received. Reckless, dissolute, and unhappy, Gabe is now in a drug-rehab program. Brother sets out on a road trip to the North Carolina island home of the senator, accompanied by his loyal dog, Trooper; Jack, the 5-year-old brother of his best friend; and Kit, a beautiful, capable, feisty young woman he meets on the road. Despite a plethora of plot elements, this is a gentle, character-driven work that rides on the compassionate nature of the protagonist, set in a richly described landscape of sand and sea. Carmichael makes a powerful case for the influence of a loving family, be it blood relatives or family of choice. She has an ear for teen dialogue and captures the teasing energy of flirtation as well as the jocular, determinedly unsentimental exchanges of young men. With a road trip, family secrets, and romance, there’s a pleasing fullness and symmetry that should draw readers. Grades 8-12. --Debbie Carton

More About the Author

Booklist said of award-winning author-illustrator Clay Carmichael's new novel "Brother, Brother": "[A] character-driven work that rides on the compassionate nature of the protagonist, set in a richly described landscape of sand and sea. Carmichael makes a powerful case for the influence of a loving family, be it blood relatives or family of choice. She has an ear for teen dialogue and captures the teasing energy of flirtation as well as the jocular, determinedly unsentimental exchanges of young men. With a road trip, family secrets, and romance, there's a pleasing fullness and symmetry that should draw readers."

Her previous novel "Wild Things" was a 2010 American Library Association Notable Book, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2009, winner of the 2009 North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award and a National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award (NAPPA). Carmichael lives and works in Carrboro, North Carolina with her husband, sculptor Mike Roig. She teaches writing and illustrating and gives talks about about her publishing process and the exotic life of the author. Her books are available in many languages. More about Clay: www.claycarmichael.com & www.wincbooks.com

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I really loved the supporting characters in this as well.
Kayla
I have only read a few YA novels and this one I would highly recommend for anyone but esp.
riau74
There is dysfunction, hatred and deep abiding love in the families Carmichael depicts.
B. J. Neary

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The author is a very good writer, but compared to her first book, "Wild Things" this one pales. Not much happens in the story. I liked her characters very much.
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By Novel Chick on March 4, 2014
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An uplifting story about independent teens with strong, positive values--well, the two major teens had the right stuff, anyway. Beautifully written. Setting so vivid I was with Brother and Kit throughout their travels. And the dogs! I felt the water spatter when they shook. Clay is clearly an both a visual and literary artist. A great book for discussion.
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Clay Carmichael is a good story teller. That is what I look for.

Written for the "younger set", but I have shared it with octogenarians where I live, and it was enjoyed by all.
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By NotebookSisters on December 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I definitely liked this book. But it was definitely slow and family-tree-complicated. To be downright honest, I think this is a 3.5...buuut, I round up rather then down. Gah, it's hard reviewing books you're unsure what to think of! I want to let this book mature in my noggin for a while, but I want to start another one...so, review it is.

The writing is dang good. It is. Really. It's a different style to what I'm used to. It's slow, contemplative, but very beautiful. The imagery is good. I love the way the author welds words into new pictures. But the paragraphs were long. And there were info dumps occasionally. Sometimes my eyes wanted to skim and I had to force myself to read every word. I was having a slow day, so I didn't mind reading it all in one sitting. BUT. If I had been having a fast day, I wonder how long it would have taken me to finish this? A while, I think.

Characters? We all knooow how much I love characters! And I DID love these ones! Brother is the narrated (in 3rd person, which I loved, because it was a very intimate 3rd person). His real name is "Billy Grace", but since all his relatives are called Billy, he goes by "Brother". It was a bit weird at first, but you know what? I really like it. It's an awesome name. (Also my niece calls my nephew "brother" for his name. Hit home.) I love Brother's personality! He's very sweet and kind. But he's flawed. He's 18 and he has responsibilities (like looking after his friend's 5 year old brother, because his friend went AWOL for a while). Does he look after the 5 year old? Yes. Does he chaff about it occasionally. Yes. But he's got manners and he's kind and he doesn't presume. I like a bad boy in literature as well as the next deluded bookworm, buuuut, the good boy always wins.
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By riau74 on September 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was quite awesome for the author's first attempt at YA. I have only read a few YA novels and this one I would highly recommend for anyone but esp. YA girls. Brother, real name is Billy is raised by his grandma after his moms death and this poor kid has had it rough. Brother had to drop out of school and get a job and take care of grandma then one day he finds her dead in her sleep. During Brother trying to get things sorted out he finds that he has a twin brother he never knew about and a lot grandma had kept from him but she did what she thought would keep him safest, b/c his twin belongs to a wealthy political family! Brother heads out with his dog in grandmas car to find his twin and that is where the story begins really, his car dies and his dog saves a life and he meets an awesome girl named Kit who is his age and really helps him along the way...don't want to give to much away but this was a great quick read that I won from shelf awareness and its a great site and I have won several books from them! Ms. Carmichael has a great sense in telling this story as it takes place in the south and has my favorite "the beach" in it, her characters and storyline are very well developed. Lets just say there are many things Brother finds out when he reaches his destination that keep you wanting to read on and read on! I would definitely read more by this author! Well done Ms. Carmichael! I give it a solid 4.5* and hope others will give it a try as well.
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