• Adam P. Schmitt
  • Candlewick
  • 16/06/2021
  • ISBN: 9781536219012

RRP: $14.99 (Inc. GST)


“Paints a realistic picture of a close but flawed family. . . . Complicated, hard, and heartfelt.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

As if being stuffed into last year’s dress pants at his cousin’s wake weren’t uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin who ruined everything? He can’t recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn’t result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it’s not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it’s not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.

  • Two starred reviews—Kirkus and BCCB—and a New York Public Library’s 100 Best Books for Kids
  • Now in paperback debut author pours his years of middle-school administration experience into a touching but often humorous story of loss
  • Profile of the effects of undiagnosed mental illness on family and friends

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