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One Mixed-Up Night Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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“A hilarious, hair-raising page turner, and an iconic portrayal of best friendship. It will be a long, long time before Frankie and Walter decamp from my heart.”—Suzy Becker, author of Kate the Great
“A dazzling debut by an author that we will hopefully be hearing much more from in the future. “
– Cammie McGovern, author of Say What Your Will and A Step Toward Falling
“Readers will revel in Frankie and Walter's cathartic romp and learn much about grief, family, and friendship along the way.” – Kirkus Reviews
“An engaging read that deals with deep issues and emotions with a light touch and a pitch-perfect narrative voice.” – The Horn Book
About the Author
Catherine Newman is the author of the acclaimed memoirs Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy, as well as a columnist for Real Simple Magazine. This is her first book for children. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her husband, kids, cat, friends, and books. Visit her at www.catherinenewmanwriter.com.
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if you were the kind of "good" kid who never actually had adventures but who loved imagining and planning adventures and who could so easily have had real adventures had the right friend and the right plan come together
if you peruse the IKEA catalogue and dream of inhabiting those well-designed, pared-down, Scandinavian settings
if you love beautifully-written, funny, poignant, middle-grade fiction (the sort of fiction that never-ever talks down to its kind and clever audience while also never-ever stepping across the line into Y.A.)
if you love believable, relatable, *real* kid characters trying to figure out how to stay life-long friends when one of their families has changed shape forever
if you know a *kid* who has similar loves and flights of fancy
if you tucked your baby in at night and laughed and cried and scrolled through Catherine Newman's 'Bringing Up Ben' column on the nascent Babycenter website, or tucked in your gradeschooler and laughed and cried and scrolled through her Ben and Birdy blog, or if you read her heart-filling/wrenching parenting memoirs...
Well then: order a bunch of copies of ONE MIXED-UP NIGHT for yourself, and your school library, and for those like-minded kids in your life...
(the Holidays are coming! Give books!)
The author does a great job of incorporating some pretty profound observations on grief and loss into this silly story of friendship. When Frankie talks about the loss of Walter's sparkle you know exactly what she means and it's great to see Walter regain his "Walterness". This is a nice read for the 8-12 age group even though the ending fell rather flat for me as there didn't seem to be many consequences for our beloved duo for some well-intentioned but ultimately pretty irresponsible actions. Still a recommend for young readers, especially those with a fondness for IKEA that I will confess is totally beyond my understanding.