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You Go First Paperback – April 9, 2019

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Read all the books from Erin Entrada Kelly! 2018 Newbery Winner! Told from four intertwining points of view, the novel celebrates being different, bravery, and finding your inner bayani (hero)! 2021 Newbery Honor title! Meet the unforgettable Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas in this pitch-perfect middle grade novel set in 1986 about family, friendship, tragedy, science, and exploration. An illustrated novel about summer, friendship, and overcoming fears, told with warm humor and undeniable appeal.

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“Kelly knows her audience well and uses Ben and Charlotte’s alternating points of view to capture moments of tween anguish with searing honesty. ...Heartfelt and hopeful, this novel will encourage young readers to offer their hand in friendship to kids who, just like them, might be struggling.” -- School Library Journal (starred review)

“Readers will undoubtedly see themselves in these pages. ...A well-crafted, entertaining call for middle schoolers to find their voices and remain accountable in shaping their own social spheres.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A delicate look at friendship, bullying and coming of age. ...You Go First is a brilliant follow-up to Entrada Kelly’s Newbery winner Hello, Universe, and challenges readers to rethink the rules of friendship.” -- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“The link between the two main characters becomes a subtle bond that enables each one to make it through an emotionally challenging week and come out stronger. Readers drawn by the intriguing jacket art will enjoy the novel’s perceptive dual narrative.” -- Booklist

“With character-revealing prose, Kelly holds readers’ attention as the narrative moves back and forth between her two fully realized protagonists and their intricately drawn home and school settings.” -- The Horn Book

“Kelly writes with sympathetic gravity of young people who feel lost in a world where they thought they knew the way. ...Readers will be glad to see that both [Charlotte and Ben] will manage to remain themselves and be okay.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Written by the recent winner of the Newbery Award, this novel speaks to the many kids who find themselves lonely in the midst of middle school.” -- Providence Journal

“Newbery Medal winner Kelly is spot-on in her depiction of isolation and self-doubt middle schoolers who don’t fit in can feel. She gives Charlotte and Ben’s e-friendship a contemporary hopefulness.” -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

About the Author

New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. She is a professor of children’s literature in the graduate fiction and publishing programs at Rosemont College, where she earned her MFA, and is on the faculty at Hamline University. Her short fiction has been nominated for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction and the Pushcart Prize. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature; You Go First, a Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick; Lalani of the Distant Sea, an Indie Next Pick; and Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey, which she also illustrated. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines, and she now lives in Cebu.


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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (April 9, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0062414194
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0062414199
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 640L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 3 - 7
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 5.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 189 ratings

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Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in Lake Charles, La., but now lives in suburban Philadelphia. Her mother was the first in her family to emigrate from the Philippines. Erin's books have won several awards, including the APALA Award for Children's Literature, the Golden Kite Honor Award, and the Gold Award for Fiction from the Parents Choice Foundation.

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