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Falling Over Sideways by Jordan Sonnenblick. 262 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., September 27, 2016. 9780545863261.
Publisher synopsis: It's not easy being Claire. (Really.)
First Line: June 15
I'm waiting in the wings, watching all the fathers dancing onstage. Well, all the fathers except mine.
Page 56: I glanced back at my father, who now had an IV line hanging down into each arm, a bunch of wires attached to his chest, and a green line spiking up and down crazily on a monitor screen next to his head. his eyes were open, staring straight up, as though he couldn't see or understand any of it.
How much time did he have left?
And how much brain?
It's no secret that I adore this author and so do my students. I did something very rare this week. I booktalked a book that I hadn't yet finished - Falling Over Sideways. I was that sure of it. There's already a waiting list as long as my arm!