Every Shiny Thing

Every Shiny Thing

In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren?s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Lauren?s wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on bei...

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Title:Every Shiny Thing
Author:Cordelia Jensen
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Genres:Childrens
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Every Shiny Thing Reviews

  • Erin Moulton
    Aug 30, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

  • Sarah
    Mar 17, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

  • Emily
    Jun 19, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Oct 19, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

  • Ms. Yingling
    Feb 22, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

  • Christina Collins
    Nov 05, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

  • Laura Sibson
    Nov 15, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

  • Karina
    Mar 14, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

  • Marie Cruz
    Mar 08, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

  • Anne-Marie
    Oct 16, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...

  • Trisha
    Feb 21, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

  • Patrick
    Feb 21, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

  • Jayme Carruthers
    May 14, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...

    I love how this book shows how two characters with drastically different upbringings can understand each other as unconditionally as Lauren and Sierra. Lauren comes from a privileged family with "all the shiny things" and Sierra is in foster care because of her alcoholic mother. Both g...

    Oh dang, this book went in so many directions and I loved it. Okay, so we?ve got two protagonists here: Lauren and Sierra. Lauren lives in a very affluent suburb, and as the story starts she and her parents are on the way home after dropping off her older brother Ryan at a special...

    In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren?s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectr...

    @kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of Every Shiny Thing. All opinions are my own. Authors Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison combine two beautiful writing styles to create a captivating story of right and wrong, friendship, love...

  • Kathie
    May 12, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

  • Kim Bahr
    Nov 20, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

  • Kate Olson
    Jan 13, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

  • Miriam McNamara
    Feb 14, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

  • Niki
    Jun 23, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

  • Mae Respicio
    Jul 06, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

  • Suze Lavender
    Apr 17, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

  • Charlotte Huang
    May 30, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

  • Sandy O'Brien
    Feb 04, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

  • Stephanie
    Mar 04, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

  • Jenn Bishop
    Oct 05, 2017

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

  • Eva
    Sep 13, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

  • Jenny Ashby
    Jun 01, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

  • Cassie Thomas
    Apr 20, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

  • Janet Slipak
    Mar 30, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...

    I love how this book shows how two characters with drastically different upbringings can understand each other as unconditionally as Lauren and Sierra. Lauren comes from a privileged family with "all the shiny things" and Sierra is in foster care because of her alcoholic mother. Both g...

    Oh dang, this book went in so many directions and I loved it. Okay, so we?ve got two protagonists here: Lauren and Sierra. Lauren lives in a very affluent suburb, and as the story starts she and her parents are on the way home after dropping off her older brother Ryan at a special...

    In this beautifully constructed middle-grade novel, told half in prose and half in verse, Lauren prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren?s parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectr...

  • Meghan
    Apr 08, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...

    I love how this book shows how two characters with drastically different upbringings can understand each other as unconditionally as Lauren and Sierra. Lauren comes from a privileged family with "all the shiny things" and Sierra is in foster care because of her alcoholic mother. Both g...

    Oh dang, this book went in so many directions and I loved it. Okay, so we?ve got two protagonists here: Lauren and Sierra. Lauren lives in a very affluent suburb, and as the story starts she and her parents are on the way home after dropping off her older brother Ryan at a special...

  • Karlyn Leslie
    May 27, 2018

    It is incredibly rare for me to say this, but this book did every. single. thing. right. If I were reviewing for a trade pub, I would recommend a star because this is my middle grade/middle school perfection. And to put it in perspective, this is the first MG title that has made me cry...

    I'm such a sucker for alternating POV books, and yet, I hold them to high standards. Both perspectives need to be equally compelling, both characters need to have equivalently high stakes and distinct interior worlds. EVERY SHINING THING gives us two characters from very different back...

    E ARC from Netgalley.com Lauren is angry with her well-to-do parents because they have sent her brother Ryan, who is on the autism spectrum, off to a residential school. She misses him, and thinks her parents just got tired of dealing with Ryan's problems. She attends a private Quaker...

    Five big shiny stars for EVERY SHINY THING. I loved so many things about this multi-layered and rich story, including the prose/verse format, character development, and a very real look at the complex teenage mind. This will definitely find a place in my favorite #MGlit of 2018. ...

    Told with so much heart. Absolutely loved this one. ...

    Ryan is Lauren's world. She loves taking care of her brother and thinks he's doing well at home, but Lauren's parents have chosen to send Ryan to a boarding school where teens on the autism spectrum are supposed to thrive. Lauren is lost, she doesn't know who she is without her brother...

    Sweet story! Definitely more of a 4.5. Enjoyed the alternating points of view and the mix of writing styles. Many ideas to ponder after reading this book. ...

    Generally, I am one who quickly tires of literary trends. However, I'm still a fan of books told from alternating points of view. Every Shiny Thing, which centers around two middle school girls, does an excellent job of doing just that. The novel ping-pongs between text and verse. La...

    What a lovely book about family, friendship, grief, change, and forgiveness. I received an ARC of this at NerdcampNJ and had no idea what it was about. The cover, although beautiful, doesn't really suggest how substantive the story is. The two main characters, Lauren and Sierra, are...

    NOTE: I received an ARC of Every Shiny Thing through a book group in exchange for my honest review. (However, this book is now available to purchase.) Every Shiny Thing is very unique. Told from alternating POV, one in prose and one in verse, the characters' stories complement each ...

    Wow! Really good. Two girls each with very different backgrounds come together and help each other in more ways than they could imagine. Really strong writing and a story that keeps the reader engaged the entire experience! ...

    Perfect alternating POV! The poetry made me cry, and the prose gave the story fantastic momentum. I don't always have trouble putting down a middle grade book, but this one kept me turning the pages. Love! ...

    Perhaps a little too long for intended audience, but sensitive and authentic. Lovely friendship story. Dual narrators, one written in verse. ...

    A wonderfully compelling and layered book about friendship and family dynamics. The characters were realistic and believable and I loved the alternating verse/prose. ...

    I loved this book! It was a joy to read. :) ...

    A gorgeous, two voices middle grade book. ...

    this dealt with a lot of hard things, but it did it really well. still not a huge fan of the poetry/prosey format that sierra's parts were written in, but overall, a good read. ...

    I'm a sucker for a middle-school friendship story, and this one really tugged at my heartstrings. The unique combo of prose and verse was beautifully wrought. Gorgeous contemporary MG! ...

    Every Shiny Thing is told in an alternating point of view format. Lauren's chapters are narratives while Sierra's are free verse which makes the book read fairly fast. I also read through it quickly because I was caught up in the story. Both girls are good characters even though Lauren...

    Every Shiny Thing centers on the lives of two girls. First we meet Lauren who is struggling to cope with her brother?s move to a boarding school for teens with autism. Then we have Sierra, a teen who has just been placed in foster care. When Sierra is placed in the foster home across...

    In Every Shiny Thing, the POV switches from Lauren, a wealthy, privileged girl who misses her brother who is autistic and sent away to a special school, and Sierra, whose parents are both in jail, forcing her into foster care. Lauren's chapters are written in prose while Sierra's are i...

    I loved that this book is narrated by alternating points of view - one in prose and one in verse. Each time I transitioned from Lauren to Sierra's chapters and then back again, I was struck by the way that the two authors wove the themes and plotlines of the story together. The two voi...

    "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone is to let them fall. This is the best - maybe the only- way to help them." This story involves so many truths that I think kids who are getting into the middle school scene need to read, hear, and be involved in. Whether they are deali...

    ?Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. This is the best-maybe the only-way to help them.? Novel written in prose & verse that makes tough topics accessible for students. ??Sometimes, the best thing we can do for anyone it to let them fall. ...

    What a fantastic book, about friendship and loss and justice and uncertainty. The mix of prose and verse works so well! ...

    EVERY SHINY THING follows two young girls, from two very different backgrounds, who come together in their desire for justice and fairness. Lauren comes from an affluent family, with a brother on the autism spectrum and two parents who are a bit distracted by materialistic things. Sier...

    I love how this book shows how two characters with drastically different upbringings can understand each other as unconditionally as Lauren and Sierra. Lauren comes from a privileged family with "all the shiny things" and Sierra is in foster care because of her alcoholic mother. Both g...