Pay Attention, Carter Jones

by Gary Schmidt
$16.99
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Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. FIVE STARRED REVIEWS!


  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544790858
  • ISBN-10: 0544790855
  • Pages: 224
  • Publication Date: 02/05/2019
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

Bestselling author Gary D. Schmidt tells a coming-of-age story with the light touch of The Wednesday Wars, the heart of Okay for Now, and the unique presence of a wise and witty butler. 

 

Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. 

 

In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler's notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared. 

 

Sparkling with humor, this insightful and compassionate story will resonate with readers who have confronted secrets of their own.

About the author
Gary Schmidt

Gary D. Schmidt is the best-selling author of Orbiting Jupiter, the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book The Wednesday Wars. He is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids. Visit him online at hmhbooks.com/schmidt.

Reviews

"Schmidt gracefully weaves together the humor of school, siblings, and a dachshund with a delicate digestive system with deeper themes of family connection, disappointment, anger, and grief. The result is wonderfully impressive and layered."--Kirkus, STARRED review 

 

"Schmidt, author of the celebrated Wednesday Wars, strikes gold again with this emotionally complex character who learns to navigate change and disappointment, and, more important, how to receive help."--School Library Journal, STARRED review