The Center of Everything

The Center of Everything

Book - 2003
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Critics and readers everywhere stood up and took notice when Laura Moriarty's captivating debut novel hit the stores in June '03. Janet Maslin of the New York Times praised The Center of Everything as "warm" and "beguiling." USA Today compared the scrappy yet tender-hearted Evelyn Bucknow to Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. It garnered extensive national attention; from Entertainment Weekly to the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle, the press raved about the wisdom and poignancy of Moriarty's writing. The Book-of-the-Month Club snatched it up as a Main Selection, as did the Literary Guild. It was a USA Today Summer Reading Pick, a BookSense Top 10 Pick, and a BN.com book club feature title. And still, months after The Center of Everything's original publication date, reviews and features of the book continue to run nationwide.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2003.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781401300319
1401300316
9780786888450
0786888458
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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SarahDormat
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.

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annphi
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

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itstartswithano
Apr 29, 2011

If you like Jodi Picoult, try this author.

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