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Author: Ellen, Tom & Ivison, Lucy
Publisher: Delacorte Press/ Penguin Random House
Year Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781524701826
Grades: Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Never Evers

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Best friends and dual authors, journalist Tom Ellen and librarian Lucy Ivison, have captured the hopes, joys, and emotional turmoil of young teens in an entertaining, lively recounting of a British school ski trip to France. In alternating chapters, the witty narratives are split between Mouse, a shy ballet dancer who has failed her private dance school assessment and must return to her old school to face bullying ex-friends, and Jack, a quiet, kind lad who is dealing with anxiety issues, and has been challenged to be the first boy on the field trip to kiss a girl. Full of awkward misunderstandings, inside jokes, amusing antics, and sweet crushes, this refreshing light read will have tweens and young teens laughing out loud as the shenanigans both on and off the ski slopes and the gender reactions to social situations take the story on some surprising detours. Relateable side characters like the French pop sensation Roland, the protagonists weird roommates, the supportive supervisors, and even a smuggled pet hamster all show the trials and tribulations of being away from home and having to deal with the unexpected curves life throws at us.

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