- Age Range: 10 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 5 - 12
- Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606844334
- ISBN-13: 978-1606844335
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I Came to Tell You Hardcover – September 24, 2013
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When Grover’s mom died in a terrible accident, it shattered his family. His sister, Sudie, cries all the time; his dad puts all his energy into his job as the director of the Thomas Wolfe house; and the only thing Grover wants to do is make beautiful weavings out of leaves, branches, and bamboo in the canebrake. As he spends more time there, creating bigger and bigger tapestries, his grades slip, his friends become distant, and his father understands him less and less. Luckily, when a new family—also missing a parent—moves in across the street, Grover and his father learn how to share their grief and help each other move forward. Hays’ story is filled with touching honesty and youthful wisdom, all of which help undergird Grover’s own discovery of the healing power of family, love, and art. Although the Thomas Wolfe references will likely be lost on its intended audience, the books quiet story of a young boy experiencing a tragic loss and learning how to live life in spite of it is nonetheless moving. Grades 5-8. --Sarah Hunter
"Though the book spans just a few months, it's packed with incident and complex connections between a range of characters. Hays is especially strong at depicting the network of people, old and young, who help Grover and his family move through their grief and, along the way, save his beloved forest." --Publishers Weekly, STARRED review
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Mr. Hays can write, and the story has a timeless quality. I am a middle school librarian who reads many YA novels which are not literary, just filled with action. However, while reading this novel, I wanted to follow this family on their journey to recovery. Hays makes the reader care about this family. The author also included some local color by incorporating some of the unique features of Asheville, North Carolina. I would strongly recommend this title.
Where do I begin, the story is so touching and a most refreshing change. One that readers young and old alike will enjoy. It's been many years since I've read a novel written for young readers and I wasn't disappointed. Despite the tragedy, I found it passionately warm and filled with honest emotions. I have a soon to be twelve year old grandson and I emailed my daughter and asked her to purchase this book for him and said she too would enjoy it. Truly a must read.
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interview was good. He is a local author. FPT