- Title: Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)
- Author: Julie Bowe
- ISBN: 9780803736931
- Page: 383
- Format: Hardcover
A Publishers Weekly and Barnes Noble Best Book of the Year about Wren Jo Byrd, a nine year old introvert whose life has gone topsy turvy ever since her dad moved out By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming exactly like real life Julie Bowe takes on the tough questions about what it means to be honest, to be a good friend, and to be a family, and offers answers thaA Publishers Weekly and Barnes Noble Best Book of the Year about Wren Jo Byrd, a nine year old introvert whose life has gone topsy turvy ever since her dad moved out By turns heartbreaking and heartwarming exactly like real life Julie Bowe takes on the tough questions about what it means to be honest, to be a good friend, and to be a family, and offers answers that, while not always easy, are always true Linda Urban, author of Weekends with Max and A Crooked Kind of Perfect Bowe so masterfully took me inside the head and heart of Wren Jo Byrd that I felt like a ten year old again and loved every minute Barbara O Connor, author of How to Steal a DogIt s the start of a new school year and Wren Jo Byrd is worried that everyone will find out her parents separated over the summer No one knows the truth, not even her best friend, Amber When even her new teacher refers to her mom as Mrs Byrd, Wren decides to keep their divorce a total secret But something else changed over the summer A new girl named Marianna moved to town and wants to be Amber s next bff And because of her fib, Wren can t do anything about it From take out dinners with Mom to the tiny room she gets at Dad s new place, nothing is the same for Wren any But while Marianna makes everything harder at first, Wren soon learns that Marianna once had to ask many of the same questions the big ones, as well as the little ones that Wren is asking now.Set in Wisconsin, with wonderfully nuanced characters from the bossy new girl, who acts big but has a secret of her own, to the sporty girl who acts little and shy but who becomes an unexpected friend this is a book about much than divorce.
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Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) is a delightful book that deals with a common family issue in a realistic and important way. For any child who has ever been in the middle of parents who are divorcing, it can be a scary and trying time. There are so many questions, and kids can often be left wondering if it is their fault, or whether or not the parents are going to get back together and fi [...]
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineWren has had to spend the summer with her grandparents because her parents are divorcing, and she is too scared to tell her best friend Amber why she had to be gone, so didn't even explain why she had to miss Amber's birthday party. In Wren's absence, Amber has become good friends with the new girl, Marianna. Marianna lives in a big house and is very stylish and snobby-- she calls Wren "Tweety" in a mean way that she claims is joking. The school year is dif [...]
First sentence: Lots of things have changed since my last first week of school.Premise/plot: Wren Jo Byrd is the heroine of Julie Bowe's newest book, Big & Little Questions. She has had a whole summer to get used to the idea of her parents getting a divorce, but, she hasn't really accepted it and is not willing to talk about it. She's spent most of the summer out of town, and, she hasn't spoken to--or texted--her best, best friend, Amber. Wren wants to reconnect with Amber now that school ha [...]
Wren JoByrd mind is full of questions. She has had so many changes in her life that she is trying to figure it all out. Her biggest question is how to still have a family when her parents are divorcing. On top of that she missed hanging out with all her friends this summer, especially her best friend Amber. When Wren starts school she expects Amber to still be her best friend. Unfortunately, Marianna, the new girl is all Amber talks about and wants to be with. Unlike Wren, Marianna is a talkativ [...]
When her parents told nine-year-old Wren they were getting a divorce, they said it had nothing to do with her. But it feels like it has everything to do with her. She's the one who has to eat dinner at a desk in her mom's office now, instead of at the dining room table. She's the one who has to split her time between two houses and two parents. She's the one who has somehow lost her best friend. While her parents were working out the details of their divorce, Wren was sent to stay with her grand [...]
'Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)' by Julie Bowe follows nine-year-old Wren as she navigates life after her parents' divorce. Having gone away for the summer without telling any of her friends why, she is hesitant to share that her parents have decided to get a divorce. Adding insult to injury is the fact that her supposed best friend, Amber, has made a new best friend, Marianna, and doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with Wren.Even though Wren is keeping a secret [...]
This was a story about dealing with change. Nine year old Wren learns her parents are getting a divorce and struggles to figure out how to deal with this. Then, on top of this devastating news, her best friend Amber is now snubbing her for the new student, Marianna. Since Bryd's parents have not openly told anyone about the divorce, Bryd does the same. Soon her small lie turns into a bigger and bigger one that threatens to cause even bigger issues. I think this was a very good book for third and [...]
I'm really glad there are still good books addressing divorce out there--sometimes I think we don't remember what a hard time this can be for kids, and I think Wren's experience is not special. She doesn't want to tell everyone because she's upset and worried about what the other girls will think. She definitely has a lovely bunch of friends in the end. Though they do a few mean girl things, in the end, they love each other and their friendships more than anything. Very sweet and lots of emotion [...]
This author captured an authentic voice of a young girl whose parents are divorcing. I love Wren and how she dealt with her big family changes, her friends, and telling the truth/dealing with consequences of lying. Her questions are some other kids are asking too and this is a highly recommended book for anyone, even if you don't have to deal with separated or divorcing parents, because it will make you a better friend to someone who is going through this tough time.
Simple, but very, very good. The protagonist is nine-years-old, and the author has effectively tapped into the emotions, thought processes, and social shuffling of that developmental stage. A straightforward book about how two different girls deal with divorce, it was a little hard for me to buy that parents separating would be such a taboo in this day and age (or that the main character wouldn't already know several people whose parents were split up), but it can be hand-waved away as young kid [...]
Divorce is a big deal, and it totally changes your world. But what if you can keep it a secret? From your new teacher, your friends, and even yourself?
This is a great middle grade book about dealing with divorce, friendships, and all the changes that happen at this age. The characters were very well-developed.
A 9-year-old girl whose parents divorce decides to keep the event a secret.I enjoyed this book and would recommend it, but it wasn't a standout.
I liked this but I think it straddles an odd line for audience. It's long for a younger elementary reader, but Wren is nine. Normally, kids prefer to read about characters slightly older than they are, so it just seems a bit off. But, I could be wrong. It's great for capturing the complicated emotions of dealing with a divorce and the changing structures of friendships. Thanks to the publisher for a digital advance reader's copy, provided via NetGalley.
This was a light, easy read on a particularly heavy topic for the desired audience. Unfortunately, today divorce is much more common than it once was. Many children come from complicated home lives and extended family trees. In this more “rose-colored” world of Wren, she seems to be the only one in her class who is affected by divorce, that is except for the incredibly annoying, friend stealer Marianna. Throughout the story, Wren battles with what her parents separating means, how it touches [...]
Summary (Intermediate)Like any other student, Wren Jo Byrd, is excited that it is summer vacation. Her excitement is overshadowed when she finds out that her parents are getting a divorce and that she has to spend the summer with her grandparents. She is left with no time to say goodbye or tell her friends what has happened and where she is going. When she gets back, she finds out all the fun things her friends did all summer and what she missed out on. They inquire about where she was all summe [...]
I was one of the lucky ones to read an advanced copy of this latest book by Julie Bowe. She's proven her mastery of the voice, sensibility, and struggles of 8-10 year olds in her prior series and carries that talent forward in this single title. Wren Jo Byrd (don't you love that name?) displays a distinctive present-tense narrative which reveals the intense emotions generated by her parents' announcement of their pending divorce. Ramifications cause ripples and raw-edged angst among friends and [...]
Some questions seem like little things. What does your house look like? That seems like a small thing. But if your parents have divorced and you now have two homes, which house does that question refer to? How do you answer that question? What did you do over the summer? Again, that seems like a casual query, unless you spent it with your grandparents while your parents divided the contents of your home. For Wren, all these seemingly little questions cause incredible stress as her new school yea [...]
Wren's parents are getting a divorce and she spends her week with mom (a librarian!) and weekends with dad at the cabin he is renovating. The problem is that Wren can't seem to find a way to share what is happening at home with anyone from school - even her best friend Amber. When the new girl , Marianna ,takes Wren under her wing (pardon the pun) Wren finds her calm existence pushed to new extremes. Marianna might seem tough but she has secrets of her own. Great middle grade read that asks the [...]
Wren's story and feelings resonate with such truth, fear, and embarrassment. She avoids her best friend p, Amber, all summer by not texting or calling when she learns that her parents are separating. It helps that she spends the summer at her G-ma and G-pa's house. But when she returns and starts school she thinks she can continue to hide the truth about her parents. It is not until she learns about the new girl, Marianna's, secret that begins to accept her new life and open up to her friends. T [...]
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