In this acclaimed novel, which received two starred reviews, Pluto tries to figure out how to go back to being the person she was before her depression and anxiety diagnosis. With the help of a hotline (the Hayden Planetarium Hotline, that is), a new tutor, and a new friend, Pluto discovers that there is no old or new Pluto, there’s just Pluto, growing up. The two most important things to know about Pluto Timoney: (1) she’s always loved outer space (obviously); and (2) her favourite season is summer, the time to go to the boardwalk, visit the planetarium, and work in her mom’s pizzeria. This summer, when Pluto’s turning thirteen, is different. Pluto has just been diagnosed with depression, and she feels like a black hole is sitting on her chest, making it hard to do anything. When Pluto’s dad threatens to make her move to the city – where he believes his money could help her get better – Pluto comes up with a plan to do whatever it takes to be her old self again. If she does everything that old, ‘normal’ Pluto would do, she can stay with her mom. But it takes a new therapist, new tutor, and new (cute) friend with a plan of her own for Pluto to see that there is no old or new her. There’s just Pluto, discovering more about herself every day.
Shopify Vendor: Melleby, Nicole
The Science of Being Angry
From the acclaimed author of Hurricane Season, an unforgettable story about what makes a family, for fans of Hazel’s Theory of Evolution and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. Eleven-year-old Joey is angry. All the time. And she doesn’t understand why. She has two loving moms, a supportive older half brother, and, as a triplet, she’s never without company. Her life is good. But sometimes she loses her temper and lashes out, like the time she threw a soccer ball – hard – at a boy in gym class and bruised his collarbone. Or when jealousy made her push her (former) best friend (and crush), Layla, a little bit too roughly. After a meltdown at Joey’s apartment building leads to her family’s eviction, Joey is desperate to figure out why she’s so mad. A new unit in science class makes her wonder if the reason is genetics. Does she lose control because of something she inherited from the donor her mothers chose?The Science of Being Angry is a heartwarming story about what makes a family and what makes us who we are from an author whose works are highly praised for their presentation of and insights into the emotional lives of tweens.