Forget Me Not

Ellie Terry. Feiwel and Friends, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-250-09627-2
Terry’s debut novel thoughtfully traces the fragile emotions of two seventh graders: Calliope, a girl painfully self-conscious about having Tourette syndrome, and Jinsong, a popular boy she meets in her new town. Calliope is tired of moving every time her mother “breaks up/ with one of her crazy boyfriends.” Having just settled in St. George, Utah, she’s glad to make friends with Jinsong, who lives in her apartment complex. But Jinsong begins distancing himself from Calliope when her uncontrollable impulses become more prominent and she becomes the target of cruel jokes at school. “Sometimes my tics/ are like gentle whispers,/ asking me to do things,/ to say things.... But other times they’re like a/ SHOUT!/ Jumping out so loud and strong/ I could never hope to/ stop them,” she explains. Meanwhile, Jinsong is torn between standing up for Calliope and preserving his status. Terry, who has Tourette syndrome herself, offers enormous insight into an often-misunderstood condition, writing in verse for Calliope’s chapters and prose for Jinsong’s. Her poetic explorations of Calliope’s anxiety and Jinsong’s moral struggles are honest and moving. Ages 10–13. Agent: Steven Chudney, Chudney Agency. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/16/2017
Release date: 03/14/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-1-250-14401-0
Ebook - 978-1-250-09628-9
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