288 pages, 8.53 × 5.77 × 0.99 in
January 8, 2013
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0385678908
ISBN - 13: 9780385678902
From the Publisher
A tale of acceptance from the bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary eight-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. His parents, who have a horror of being noticed, want desperately for Barnaby to be normal, but he can’t help who he is. And when the unthinkable happens, Barnaby finds himself on a journey that takes him all over the world. From Brazil to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even into space, the floating boy meets all sorts of different people—and discovers who he really is along the way.
This whimsical novel will delight middle graders, and make readers of all ages question the meaning of “normal.”
About the Author
JOHN BOYNE was born in Ireland in 1971 and is the author of six novels for adults. His first novel for children, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, won two Irish book awards, was shortlisted for the British Book Award, reached the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list, and has been made into a film. His novels are published in more than forty languages. He lives in Dublin. Visit him on the web at JohnBoyne.com.
Shortlisted for the Letterbox Library Little Rebels Award
“What we loved here were the messages about society's perceptions of 'normality' and the desire to correct those who don't fit the norm.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“[The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket is] a fun and thought-provoking story of self-discovery, and the humor and gentleness with which Boyne delivers his message make it both unforgettable and delightful.”