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Grade 9 Up—Friends Sydney and Natalia, both 16, are sent to a wilderness camp to canoe the waters of northern Canada for six weeks. They have secrets: Sydney is pregnant, and Natalia has just found out that her older sister, Margit, is actually her biological mother. Other campers also have secrets. Brendan, a hot TV-soap star, is hiding his sexual orientation; and on a dare the gritty, tattooed Mick reveals that he killed a man. While the campers paddle, cook, and have adventures, Sydney ponders her predicament. She didn't have much of a relationship with the unborn child's father, and at one point during the trip she contemplates sleeping with a fellow camper to dupe him into paying for an abortion. After a night of drinking, she briefly considers a belly flop as the fix. Natalia recognizes the enormity of Margit's decision to give birth as a teenager, and she extracts a promise from Sydney that she will have the baby, assuring her that she will help, but the troubled teen must ultimately make her own decision. De Gramont introduces a lot of ancillary characters, and it's doubtful that readers will care about many of them, but the story moves along at a decent pace as it examines one teen's struggle to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA
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Critically acclaimed adult author de Gramont makes her YA debut in this novel of summer transformation. After 16-year-old Sydney learns that she is pregnant, she and her glamorous best friend, Natalia, try to track down the boy Sydney had sex with and end up in trouble with the police. Sydney keeps her secret from both her frustrated, divorced mother and her father, who ships her off to a Canadian summer camp. Natalia joins her, and as the girls paddle through the wilderness, they wrestle with Sydney’s options. Friction grows as Natalia speaks out against abortion and then begins a charged friendship with Mick, a troubled kid who uses the n-word and claims to have killed a man. The author writes with frank authenticity about teens: their inner and outer dialogues, their gradual self-awareness, and their puzzling choices, particularly about sex. The girls’ ultimate acceptance of Mick, for example, feels both realistic and unsettling. More than Sydney’s dilemma or the camp dynamics, though, it’s the parent-child relationships, both loving and fraught, that may resonate most with YAs. Grades 8-11. --Gillian Engberg

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141698013X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416980131
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,656,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nina de Gramont is the author of a collection of short stories, Of Cats and Men, and the co-editor of an anthology, Choice. Her novel, Gossip of the Starlings, was published in 2008, and she has also written a young adult novel, Every Little Thing in the World. Nina's work has appeared in Redbook, Seventeen, Exquisite Corpse, post road, Isotope, and the Harvard Review.

Learn more about Nina at www.ninadegramont.com

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Format: Hardcover
I know this may sound strange, but I love reading books that contain teen pregnancy. Some people say this topic is overdone and partially clichéd, but in my opinion each story presented the author takes this topic and turns it into a story that's all its own. Further more, this is exactly what happens with Every Little Thing In The World.

Every Little Thing in the World is an emotional, enlightening, and fast paced tale of one girl's choice between what's right and wrong when it comes to her pregnancy and her.

Sydney was a character that was easy to like from the beginning because while she had a big problem that none of you teens out there will hopefully have to face during your high school years, she also had others that were easy to relate to. Also, you could feel her frustration on which choice to make- have it or abort it?- and the different opinions that came from her friends on the situation, leaving you to constantly cheer for to come out doing what she wanted to do in the end. And while I do feel that she could have handled some of the situations differently, I still admire her for doing what was right for her in the end, not leaving others to influence her decision. Natalia, Syd's best friend, was a character that just surprised me ( usually not in a good way) throughout and while I'm dying to say more on this, I don't want to give too much about the story away. I did like the secondary characters, though, because I enjoyed how Nina had them each come from a different and diverse background that made them stand out in their own unique way.

As said briefly above, the plot was just plain addicting, leaving me to finish this book in less then two days which is pretty good considering the loads of homework that usually dictate most of my time.
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Format: Hardcover
With freshness and immediacy, Nina de Gramont takes us deep within the complex mind of a pregnant teenager in the absolutely incredible EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD. But this is more than just a book about teen pregnancy: it's also a lovingly detailed celebration and dissection of all different types of human interactions and relationships.

It's been a while since I've read a YA book that gives such insight into human and teenage nature. Sydney's voice never feels forced, despite the astonishing range of observations she provides us, many of which are things we could only dream of having learned as a teen. The tensions she experiences in her relationships with the important people in her life are perfectly written and balanced.

In this sense, then, EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD is so much more than a story about teen pregnancy: as Sydney canoes through the Canadian wilderness, she learns about friendship, lust, unrequited crushes, parents, and what really matters to her. This book doesn't try to present a moral; rather, it's an exploration into one teenager's mind. We may not necessarily agree with everything Sydney does, but after reading this book, we come to appreciate the thought processes that go into people making different decisions.

EVERY LITTLE THING IN THE WORLD is so much more than it appears to be upon first glance. Read this for a beautiful and amazing in-depth look into teenage interaction and decision-making.
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Format: Paperback
very Little Thing in the World was a highly original and enthralling novel by Nina de Gramont. Teen pregnancy is considered a clichéd topic in YA by some, but to me each novel about it sheds some new light on the subject and every character experiences things differently. Every Little Thing in the World was not strictly about teen pregnancy either. It encompassed a wide array of subjects from murder to exploration to acne to homosexuality. If you are looking for a novel different from most everything else on the market, look no further than this book.

16 year old Sydney was a wonderful main character. Mainly because she was just so real. I could understand her reactions and thoughts and I felt for her from page one. After being sent away to wilderness camp in Canada for being too rebellious, Sydney will have the experience of a lifetime. While most girls will be worried about sleeping on the ground and getting bitten by mosquitos, Sydney Biggs has something even bigger on her mind- she's pregnant.

Sydney's story was very different from any other teen pregnancy novel that I've read. Mainly because she was unsure about what she wanted to do about the baby. Have it and give it up for adoption? Or have an abortion? She was faced with many difficult decisions over the course of the story and it made things even harder that she was stuck in the woods; trying to pretend she wasn't really expecting. While her pregnancy was a key part of Every Little Thing in the World, there were still a variety of other plot points that were just as important.

I loved reading about the canoe trip. With the beautiful scenery, wildlife, and nature it sounded like an amazing experience. Best of all, Sydney's fellow adventurers were all unique and well developed characters.
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Format: Hardcover
A couple years ago, I was enchanted by the cover and description of a book called Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont and purchased it. This was, of course, a big deal since I am not a book buyer.

Although that book ended up being less than I hoped, I was excited to see that de Gramont would be releasing a teen book this year -- GotS featured a prep school girl, and I had the hopes that when aiming to reach the teen audience, rather than the adult audience, the story would come together a little better.

Every Little Thing in the World delivered.

Sydney Biggs has been getting in more and more trouble lately -- and when she and her best friend Natalia steal a car, that's the end of the rope for Sydney's mother who decides she needs to spend time with her father while they figure out a punishment.

While away, her mother and father decide the best means of punishing her for her poor behavior is to send her to a summer camp in the wilds of Ontario, Canada. The lessons in self sufficiency and survival should help her learn to be more responsible and think through her actions. As Sydney calls Natalia to break this news to her, Natalia lets Sydney know that she, too, will be joining her.

Oh, and Sydney is pregnant but she hasn't told anyone except Natalia.

Every Little Thing in the World follows Sydney as she not only spends an extended period in the wild but as her relationship with Natalia changes. Once best friends, their time on punishment has really changed how they relate to one another and to other people their age. Then there is the issue of the pregnancy, which tears the two of them apart and pulls them back together at the very end of the story.
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