STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS by Jo Knowles follows a seventh grader navigating world of middle school.
Noah feels most comfortable in art class. Life outside the art room is filled with friendship complexities, a sister with an eating disorder, and family issues. A hairless cat named Curly provides a humorous subplot.
Knowles creates a believable world with realistic dialog and authentic situations.
Librarians will find that middle-grade youth enjoy the balance of realistic fiction and humor. The themes of mental health and eating disorders are popular with this age group. However, the male perspective makes this book particularly distinct.
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Published by Candlewick on August 2, 2016. ARC courtesy of the publisher.