The Center of Everything

The Center of Everything

Book - 2003
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Set in Kerrville, Kansas, The Center of Everything is told by Evelyn Bucknow, an endearing character with a wholly refreshing way of looking at the world. Living with her single mother in a small apartment, Evelyn is a young girl wincing her way through adolescence. With a voice as charming as it is recognisable, Evelyn immerses the reader in the dreams of the entire community. The people of Kerrville are the source from which Moriarty draws on universal dilemmas of love and belief to render a story that grows in intensity until it takes the reader where only the best fiction can.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780786888450
Branch Call Number: MORIARTY
Characteristics: 291 pages ; 25 cm.


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This inspiring coming-of-age story is written by a local author. The main character perceives Kansas at the center of the earth. She wants to study science while the school board challenges evolution. 2006 Read Across Lawrence selection.

2006 Read Across Lawrence selection. This inspiring coming of age story is written by a local author.

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Apr 17, 2017

As a kid who grew up in a small town in Kansas in the 80s, this book really hit home for me. I knew from the first sentence I would love it and stayed up way too late reading it. This was my first Laura Moriarty book but won't be my last.

JCLAmyF Mar 05, 2015

This was written so well - observations and thoughts that really reminded me of being 14 years old myself. A quirky way of making connections and wondering about the way things are... and a main character who is human and interesting and faulty and kind and confused.

JCLBeckyC Jun 17, 2013

While everyone around her seems oblivious to how their poor choices impact their lives, Evelyn lies in the snow pretending to make snow angels, holes up in her bedroom reading books that are gifts from encouraging teachers, and climbs on top of the apartment roof at night to watch the stars and contemplate life. Evelyn is young, but she's smart. She’s usually the first to finish tests in school and the one who wins the science fair because she follows directions. It’s her introspection and her ability to think for herself despite the oppositional forces around her that enables Evelyn to break the cycle of underachievement and instability that navigates the lives of her family, friends and neighbors. This is an outstanding novel that would make an excellent book club pick. Readalike: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.

Feb 24, 2013

The ending to the book is as if the
author ran out of paper and/or thoughts.
Had I read this book first, I would\
have never considered The Chaperone.
and that would have been my loss. The
Chaperone I would recommend...the
others...very disappointing

Apr 29, 2011

If you like Jodi Picoult, try this author.


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Nov 17, 2015

white_horse_316 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 15


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