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Simon Sort of Says

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Quirky tale of friendship, saints, corpses, and survival.

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Book cover - Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow

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Author Erin Bow creates a darkly hilarious, ludicrously poignant tale of family, friendship, corpses, emus, and space aliens, as seen by a 12-year-old who's the sole survivor of a school massacre. Between the science, the religion (Catholic), the funeral parlor, the farm animals, the traumatic flashbacks, and the day-to-day challenges of middle school, Simon Sort of Says finds its hero dealing with quite a lot. But also finding support from new friends amid tragicomic struggles, brilliant breakthroughs, and puppy snuggles.

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