Bringing Me Back by Beth Vrabel
(Sky Pony Press ~ February 6th 2018 )
“When we make a mess, we shouldn’t expect others to clean it up.”
Noah is one of the saddest, most desperate characters I’ve read about in a while. Everything is going wrong for him–no friends, a super mean science teacher (one of the meanest teachers I’ve seen in #mglit), separated from and angry with his mom, worried his mom’s boyfriend doesn’t really want him around…things are BAD.
And yet he reaches out to help a bear (Bucket Bear) with Rina, the one student who still believes in him, and in doing so finds redemption himself. As would be normal in this type of situation, Noah is angry and acts out in unexpected, inappropriate ways. Vrabel deals with his anger and frustration realistically and sensitively.
This is a must-buy for all middle school libraries; I highly recommend this book and can’t wait for you meet Noah!
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