{"id":1314083405903,"title":"Someone Else's Shoes","handle":"someone-elses-shoes","description":"\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ellen-wittlinger\"\u003eEllen Wittlinger\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBe always tender, a little bit fragile. It's okay if your heart breaks just a little.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwelve-year-old Izzy, a budding stand-up comic, doesn't have a lot to laugh about lately. Her dad and his new wife are expecting a baby. Then Uncle Henderson and her ten-year-old cousin Oliver, reeling from Aunt Felicia's recent suicide, move in with Izzy and her mom. And the cherry on top: Ben, her mom's boyfriend's scary sixteen-year-old son, is staying with them, too. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWhen Uncle Henderson disappears, Ben, Izzy, and Oliver will have to set aside their differences and launch a road trip to find him before it's too late. 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Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists, and state award lists. Wittlinger has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA program. She lives in Western Massachusetts. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ellen-wittlinger\"\u003eLearn more\u003c\/a\u003e about Ellen here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublisher's Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis middle grade book by Printz Honor author Wittlinger (\u003ci\u003eSaturdays with Hitchcock\u003c\/i\u003e) shows the grief, anger, and outright havoc that suicide can leave in its wake. Twelve-year-old narrator Izzy, an aspiring comic, feels low about her father’s new marriage and impending baby, but that’s nothing compared to her 10-year-old cousin Oliver’s devastation after his mother commits suicide. Oliver and his father move in with Izzy and her mother in the aftermath; they are soon joined by Ben, the tough 16-year-old son of her mother’s boyfriend, who needs a place to stay. Izzy and Ben’s relationship is combative, but Oliver, whose father is barely functioning after his wife’s death, immediately takes to Ben, and when Oliver’s father disappears, the three embark on a road trip to find him that brings them together. The book, which starts slow, picks up speed as the trio perseveres despite limited funds and other setbacks, and Wittlinger’s realistic portrayal of loss makes for a satisfying ending as the three build on their connection.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIzzy is a 12-year-old surrounded by loss. Her parents are divorced and her aunt recently committed suicide, leaving her Uncle Hen barely able to take care of himself, let alone his son and her younger cousin, Oliver. Oliver quickly becomes Izzy’s responsibility. As if that wasn’t enough, her mother is dating a dentist with an intimidating and possible criminal on and her father is remarried with a new family. While trying to help Oliver deal with his feelings, she learns it is not good to keep emotions bottled up. 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She means to be good, but she’s coping with too much: her parents’ divorce, her dad’s impending baby, and her two best friends’ interest in boys and popularity. Then her mom’s dentist boyfriend has a family emergency, so his scary 16-year-old son needs to spend a few days in Izzy’s basement. Izzy’s heard horror stories about Ben Gustino, with his scary tattoos and his clompy boots. Oliver even likes Ben better than he likes Izzy, the little traitor. The sudden crisis bringing these three struggling outcasts together follows predictable patterns, but their journey—complete with a new, Big Bird hairstyle for Izzy and a car theft—leads to a satisfying if tidy catharsis. Izzy’s desire to become a stand-up comic is a nice touch, though her obsession with Jerry Seinfeld and Melissa McCarthy adds reliance on cultural references that won’t necessarily be common among young readers. The book adheres to the white default. An undemanding family drama.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwelve-year-old Izzy lives with just her mom, until her cousin Oliver and uncle Henderson come to stay. Since his mother’s recent suicide, 10-year-old Oliver has watched with quiet dread as his father sinks further into grief and depression. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ben, the son of Mom’s boyfriend, joins the household for a while, to Izzy’s dismay. But gradually she notices that his harsh words and wild reputation are balanced by unexpected kindness towards Oliver and, increasingly, practicality and insight. When Henderson disappears and Oliver figures out his probable destination, Izzy and Ben put aside their differences and take the boy on an unsanctioned road trip to find his father. 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Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists, and state award lists. Wittlinger has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA program. She lives in Western Massachusetts. \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/ellen-wittlinger\"\u003eLearn more\u003c\/a\u003e about Ellen here.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComing soon!\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePublisher's Weekly\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis middle grade book by Printz Honor author Wittlinger (\u003ci\u003eSaturdays with Hitchcock\u003c\/i\u003e) shows the grief, anger, and outright havoc that suicide can leave in its wake. Twelve-year-old narrator Izzy, an aspiring comic, feels low about her father’s new marriage and impending baby, but that’s nothing compared to her 10-year-old cousin Oliver’s devastation after his mother commits suicide. Oliver and his father move in with Izzy and her mother in the aftermath; they are soon joined by Ben, the tough 16-year-old son of her mother’s boyfriend, who needs a place to stay. Izzy and Ben’s relationship is combative, but Oliver, whose father is barely functioning after his wife’s death, immediately takes to Ben, and when Oliver’s father disappears, the three embark on a road trip to find him that brings them together. The book, which starts slow, picks up speed as the trio perseveres despite limited funds and other setbacks, and Wittlinger’s realistic portrayal of loss makes for a satisfying ending as the three build on their connection.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIzzy is a 12-year-old surrounded by loss. Her parents are divorced and her aunt recently committed suicide, leaving her Uncle Hen barely able to take care of himself, let alone his son and her younger cousin, Oliver. Oliver quickly becomes Izzy’s responsibility. As if that wasn’t enough, her mother is dating a dentist with an intimidating and possible criminal on and her father is remarried with a new family. While trying to help Oliver deal with his feelings, she learns it is not good to keep emotions bottled up. The characters are well developed and all struggle throughout the book with figuring out the “right” thing to do. \u003cstrong\u003eVERDICT\u003c\/strong\u003e: Tweens who enjoy emotion-heavy realism will relate to Izzy and enjoy this title.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIzzy knows she’s got to look out for her little cousin after his mom’s death, but what about how this sucks for her? After Oliver’s mom killed herself six weeks ago, Oliver and his dad moved into Izzy’s house. Uncle Henderson is sleepwalking through life, though, and Oliver is super needy. Izzy loves her fifth-grader cousin and wants to protect him, but it’s hard to be 12 and have someone she regards as a little kid tagging along. She means to be good, but she’s coping with too much: her parents’ divorce, her dad’s impending baby, and her two best friends’ interest in boys and popularity. Then her mom’s dentist boyfriend has a family emergency, so his scary 16-year-old son needs to spend a few days in Izzy’s basement. Izzy’s heard horror stories about Ben Gustino, with his scary tattoos and his clompy boots. Oliver even likes Ben better than he likes Izzy, the little traitor. The sudden crisis bringing these three struggling outcasts together follows predictable patterns, but their journey—complete with a new, Big Bird hairstyle for Izzy and a car theft—leads to a satisfying if tidy catharsis. Izzy’s desire to become a stand-up comic is a nice touch, though her obsession with Jerry Seinfeld and Melissa McCarthy adds reliance on cultural references that won’t necessarily be common among young readers. The book adheres to the white default. An undemanding family drama.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBooklist\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eTwelve-year-old Izzy lives with just her mom, until her cousin Oliver and uncle Henderson come to stay. Since his mother’s recent suicide, 10-year-old Oliver has watched with quiet dread as his father sinks further into grief and depression. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ben, the son of Mom’s boyfriend, joins the household for a while, to Izzy’s dismay. But gradually she notices that his harsh words and wild reputation are balanced by unexpected kindness towards Oliver and, increasingly, practicality and insight. When Henderson disappears and Oliver figures out his probable destination, Izzy and Ben put aside their differences and take the boy on an unsanctioned road trip to find his father. Wittlinger, whose novel \u003ci\u003eHardLove\u003c\/i\u003e (1999) was a Printz Honor Book, creates a cast of well-drawn characters whose personalities, emotions, and interactions drive the story. The writing is lit with lines such as, “Izzy tried to return his stare, but his anger sliced her like a knife,” and “Sixteen in human years . . . a lot older in divorced parent years.” The absorbing story of a girl growing up and moving beyond clichéd expectations to broader understanding.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-749-5\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-995-2 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca title=\"E-book\" href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 10 and up\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 304\u003cbr\u003e5 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e4\u003c\/sub\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorrelated to Common Core State Standards:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. 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Someone Else's Shoes

By: Ellen Wittlinger

Be always tender, a little bit fragile. It's okay if your heart breaks just a little.

Twelve-year-old Izzy, a budding stand-up comic, doesn't have a lot to laugh about lately. Her dad and his new wife are expecting a baby. Then Uncle Henderson and her ten-year-old cousin Oliver, reeling from Aunt Felicia's recent suicide, move in with Izzy and her mom. And the cherry on top: Ben, her mom's boyfriend's scary sixteen-year-old son, is staying with them, too. 

When Uncle Henderson disappears, Ben, Izzy, and Oliver will have to set aside their differences and launch a road trip to find him before it's too late. When you go looking for family, you never know where you're going to find it . . .

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Ellen Wittlinger is the author of several YA and middle-grade novels, including Saturdays With Hitchcock and Hard Love (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), winner of both a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists, and state award lists. Wittlinger has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA program. She lives in Western Massachusetts. Learn more about Ellen here.

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This middle grade book by Printz Honor author Wittlinger (Saturdays with Hitchcock) shows the grief, anger, and outright havoc that suicide can leave in its wake. Twelve-year-old narrator Izzy, an aspiring comic, feels low about her father’s new marriage and impending baby, but that’s nothing compared to her 10-year-old cousin Oliver’s devastation after his mother commits suicide. Oliver and his father move in with Izzy and her mother in the aftermath; they are soon joined by Ben, the tough 16-year-old son of her mother’s boyfriend, who needs a place to stay. Izzy and Ben’s relationship is combative, but Oliver, whose father is barely functioning after his wife’s death, immediately takes to Ben, and when Oliver’s father disappears, the three embark on a road trip to find him that brings them together. The book, which starts slow, picks up speed as the trio perseveres despite limited funds and other setbacks, and Wittlinger’s realistic portrayal of loss makes for a satisfying ending as the three build on their connection.

School Library Journal

Izzy is a 12-year-old surrounded by loss. Her parents are divorced and her aunt recently committed suicide, leaving her Uncle Hen barely able to take care of himself, let alone his son and her younger cousin, Oliver. Oliver quickly becomes Izzy’s responsibility. As if that wasn’t enough, her mother is dating a dentist with an intimidating and possible criminal on and her father is remarried with a new family. While trying to help Oliver deal with his feelings, she learns it is not good to keep emotions bottled up. The characters are well developed and all struggle throughout the book with figuring out the “right” thing to do. VERDICT: Tweens who enjoy emotion-heavy realism will relate to Izzy and enjoy this title.

Kirkus Reviews

Izzy knows she’s got to look out for her little cousin after his mom’s death, but what about how this sucks for her? After Oliver’s mom killed herself six weeks ago, Oliver and his dad moved into Izzy’s house. Uncle Henderson is sleepwalking through life, though, and Oliver is super needy. Izzy loves her fifth-grader cousin and wants to protect him, but it’s hard to be 12 and have someone she regards as a little kid tagging along. She means to be good, but she’s coping with too much: her parents’ divorce, her dad’s impending baby, and her two best friends’ interest in boys and popularity. Then her mom’s dentist boyfriend has a family emergency, so his scary 16-year-old son needs to spend a few days in Izzy’s basement. Izzy’s heard horror stories about Ben Gustino, with his scary tattoos and his clompy boots. Oliver even likes Ben better than he likes Izzy, the little traitor. The sudden crisis bringing these three struggling outcasts together follows predictable patterns, but their journey—complete with a new, Big Bird hairstyle for Izzy and a car theft—leads to a satisfying if tidy catharsis. Izzy’s desire to become a stand-up comic is a nice touch, though her obsession with Jerry Seinfeld and Melissa McCarthy adds reliance on cultural references that won’t necessarily be common among young readers. The book adheres to the white default. An undemanding family drama.

Booklist

Twelve-year-old Izzy lives with just her mom, until her cousin Oliver and uncle Henderson come to stay. Since his mother’s recent suicide, 10-year-old Oliver has watched with quiet dread as his father sinks further into grief and depression. Meanwhile, 16-year-old Ben, the son of Mom’s boyfriend, joins the household for a while, to Izzy’s dismay. But gradually she notices that his harsh words and wild reputation are balanced by unexpected kindness towards Oliver and, increasingly, practicality and insight. When Henderson disappears and Oliver figures out his probable destination, Izzy and Ben put aside their differences and take the boy on an unsanctioned road trip to find his father. Wittlinger, whose novel HardLove (1999) was a Printz Honor Book, creates a cast of well-drawn characters whose personalities, emotions, and interactions drive the story. The writing is lit with lines such as, “Izzy tried to return his stare, but his anger sliced her like a knife,” and “Sixteen in human years . . . a lot older in divorced parent years.” The absorbing story of a girl growing up and moving beyond clichéd expectations to broader understanding.

Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-58089-749-5

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ISBN: 978-1-60734-995-2 EPUB
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Ages: 10 and up
Page count: 304
5 1/2 x 8 1/4

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 5. Standards 1-6, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 6. Standards 1-6, 10