Pay Attention, Carter Jones (Paperback)
In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.
Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.
About the Author
* "Schmidt, author of the celebrated Wednesday Wars, strikes gold again with this emotionally complex character who learns to navigate change and disappointment, and, more important, how to receive help."--School Library Journal, starred review
* "Deft incorporation of comedic scenes and Schmidt’s trademark use of narrator-provided snark give the story the levity it needs . . . By the novel’s conclusion — by which time Carter’s whole school is obsessed with [cricket] — readers will be cheering on each 'over' and every 'wicket.'—Horn Book, starred review
* "Schmidt fuses pathos and humor in this adroitly layered novel. . . . Schmidt weaves [cricket's] jargon into the narrative, further enriching the verbal badinage and reinforcing the affecting bond between a hurting boy and a compassionate man." —Publishers Weekly, starred review