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Finding Orion

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Heart, humor, discoveries fill oddball family quest tale.

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This unusual family quest story is lots of fun and loaded with heart. This family is Kwirk by name, quirky by nature: Dad a genius chemist, Mom's an astronomer, the kids are all named after constellations, and these are their adventures. Which are unlikely, hilarious, poignant, occasionally on the wrong side of the law, but all on the convoluted path to understanding (and appreciating) who we and our loved ones really are. Finding Orion's 12-year-old narrator is a highly relatable middle kid trying to cope with being in a family of oddball prodigies when he just wants to be normal.

"It's hard, sometimes, reconciling the difference between what you really feel about something and what you know you're supposed to feel.

"Like when you're sitting in the high school auditorium watching your sister on stage dressed like a freaky cat/human hybrid, singing and slinking around and licking her furry arms. And you know you should be proud of her, because she's your sister and it's one of the lead roles. And you are, sort of, but you're also really tired of sitting there watching this incredibly stupid musical where nothing makes any sense, and you wish the freaking Jellicle cats would just hurry up and get to the Jellicle Ball or maybe be runover by a Jellicle truck so you can go home and zone out with your Playstation."

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