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The Best Worst Thing By Kathleen Lane

The Best Worst Thing

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A simply told, deeply riveting and perceptive debut novel that strikes a universal chord by exploring what it's like to be a 10 year-old who doesn't feel ready to grow up and leave childhood behind.

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The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane

Ten year-old Maggie sees injustice and danger everywhere--in her history textbook, on the playground, in her neighborhood, on the news. How can anyone be safe when there's a murderer on the loose, a bully about to get a gun for his 12th birthday, rabbits being held captive for who-knows-what next door, and an older sister being mysteriously consumed by adolescence? Maggie doesn't like it one bit, so she devises intricate ways of controlling her own world and a larger, more dangerous plan for protecting everyone else.

Beautifully written, Maggie's voice rings brilliantly true and brings to mind the writing of Jack Gantos and Katherine Patterson. Kathleen Lane is a promising new voice, an exciting new talent.

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Thoughtful characterization and relatable themes make this a strong purchase * School Library Journal, starred review *
Lane's prose is quietly powerful, plain yet poetic....A tender, sober portrait of a middle schooler with OCD * Kirkus Reviews *
Students making the transition from elementary school to middle school, or grappling with feelings of being an outsider, will be able to identify with Maggie's struggles. * School Library Connection *

About Kathleen Lane

Kathleen Lane lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a Literary Arts writer-in-residence, visiting instructor at Pacific Northwest College of Art, and cohost of the art and literary event series SHARE.

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The Best Worst Thing by Kathleen Lane
Kathleen Lane
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Little, Brown & Company
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