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Speed of Life

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From award winning author Carol Weston comes an uplifting, heartfelt tale of bravery and strength in the face of loss and grief, perfect for tweens, teens and adults alike.

"I will eagerly place it on my daughter's bookshelf, so that she, like Sofia, can find her own resilience and voice in our painful, joyful, speeding world."—New York Times

Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. But being a motherless daughter is hard to get used to, especially when you're only fourteen.

Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults - American Library Association
A 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year - Bank Street College of Education
2017 Best Fiction for Older Readers - Chicago Public Library
20192020 Young Hoosier Book Award Longlist
Four STARRED Reviews

Read the first page from Speed of Life:

WARNING: This is kind of a sad story.

At least at first. So if you don't like sad stories, maybe you shouldn't read this. I mean, I'd understand if you put it down and watched cat videos instead. I like cat videos too.

Then again, this book is already in your hands. It starts and ends on January 1, and I was thinking of calling it The Year My Whole Life Changed. Or Life, Death, and Kisses. Or maybe even The Year I Grew Up.

For me, being fourteen was hard. Really hard. Childhood was a piece of cake. Being a kid in New York City and spending summers in Spain, that was all pretty perfect, looking back. But being fourteen was like climbing a mountain in the rain. In flip-flops. I hoped I'd wind up in a different place, but I kept tripping and slipping and falling and wishing it weren't way too late to turn around.

This book does have funny parts. And I learned two giant facts:
  • Number one: everything can change in an instant—for worse, sure, but also for better.
  • Number two: sometimes, if you just keep climbing, you get an amazing view. You see what's behind you and what's ahead of you and—the big surprise—what's inside you.

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    Publisher: Sourcebooks

    Kindle Book

    • Release date: April 4, 2017

    OverDrive Read

    • ISBN: 9781492631354
    • File size: 938 KB
    • Release date: April 4, 2017

    EPUB ebook

    • ISBN: 9781492631354
    • File size: 949 KB
    • Release date: April 4, 2017

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    Formats

    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB ebook

    Languages

    English

    Levels

    ATOS Level:4.3
    Lexile® Measure:630
    Interest Level:6-12(MG+)
    Text Difficulty:2-3

    From award winning author Carol Weston comes an uplifting, heartfelt tale of bravery and strength in the face of loss and grief, perfect for tweens, teens and adults alike.

    "I will eagerly place it on my daughter's bookshelf, so that she, like Sofia, can find her own resilience and voice in our painful, joyful, speeding world."—New York Times

    Sofia lost her mother eight months ago, and her friends were 100% there for her. Now it's a new year and they're ready for Sofia to move on. But being a motherless daughter is hard to get used to, especially when you're only fourteen.

    Problem is, Sofia can't bounce back, can't recharge like a cellphone. She decides to write Dear Kate, an advice columnist for Fifteen Magazine, and is surprised to receive a fast reply. Soon the two are exchanging emails, and Sofia opens up and spills all, including a few worries that are totally embarrassing. Turns out even advice columnists don't have all the answers, and one day Sofia learns a secret that flips her world upside down.

    2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults - American Library Association
    A 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year - Bank Street College of Education
    2017 Best Fiction for Older Readers - Chicago Public Library
    20192020 Young Hoosier Book Award Longlist
    Four STARRED Reviews

    Read the first page from Speed of Life:

    WARNING: This is kind of a sad story.

    At least at first. So if you don't like sad stories, maybe you shouldn't read this. I mean, I'd understand if you put it down and watched cat videos instead. I like cat videos too.

    Then again, this book is already in your hands. It starts and ends on January 1, and I was thinking of calling it The Year My Whole Life Changed. Or Life, Death, and Kisses. Or maybe even The Year I Grew Up.

    For me, being fourteen was hard. Really hard. Childhood was a piece of cake. Being a kid in New York City and spending summers in Spain, that was all pretty perfect, looking back. But being fourteen was like climbing a mountain in the rain. In flip-flops. I hoped I'd wind up in a different place, but I kept tripping and slipping and falling and wishing it weren't way too late to turn around.

    This book does have funny parts. And I learned two giant facts:
  • Number one: everything can change in an instant—for worse, sure, but also for better.
  • Number two: sometimes, if you just keep climbing, you get an amazing view. You see what's behind you and what's ahead of you and—the big surprise—what's inside you.

  • Expand title description text
    • Details

      Publisher:
      Sourcebooks

      Kindle Book
      Release date: April 4, 2017

      OverDrive Read
      ISBN: 9781492631354
      File size: 938 KB
      Release date: April 4, 2017

      EPUB ebook
      ISBN: 9781492631354
      File size: 949 KB
      Release date: April 4, 2017

    • Creators
    • Formats
      Kindle Book
      OverDrive Read
      EPUB ebook
    • Languages
      English
    • Levels
      ATOS Level: 4.3
      Lexile® Measure: 630
      Interest Level: 6-12(MG+)
      Text Difficulty: 2-3
    • Reviews
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