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All the Answers

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Worried girl gets magical pencil in reassuring story.

Book Kate Messner School 2015
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Daughter’s favorite book

Even though the beginning of the book is not as interesting, the book got way more interesting after that. It has just the right amount of drama and action.
age 9+

The Pencil with All The Answers

What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? Reading an award winning book All the Answers by Kate Messner is well worth your while for it has huge character changes and developments throughout the book, has deep issues, and also for it have a strong connection to middle school students . The main character, Ava, has a huge change from the beginning to the end of the book. From a fearful little girl to a confident one. The story All the Answer has a lot of tiny but deep strong issues that could be well connected to anyone. Lastly this book All the Answer connects and relates to you because you had the same experience in the past or in the future. The next time you get bored and are in need of something to interest you, you should consider going online or to your school library to borrow this book All The Answer. I'm quite sure it will catch your attention and make you want to read to the end. What are you waiting for? Start reading it !!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is a deceptively simple book; it appears to be about a fun pencil, but it opens up a world of big questions about life, death, knowledge, and purpose that are incredibly moving. Here, Ava and her friends grapple with real-life middle schooler desires and questions -- Which boys like me? What's the answer to this science question? -- and much larger concerns, such as whether her parents will divorce or die and how to find a happy balance between what we can know and do something about and what we must give up to free will.

This is a great, reassuring book for kids who have a lot of worries, or kids dealing with an ill parent, or kids who have recently lost grandparents to illness or death. It's very thoughtful and has some heavy themes, but the overall feeling is about how to cope with whatever life throws your way.

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