The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byJohn Boyne

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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.”

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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 t...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.53 × 5.77 × 0.99 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385678908

ISBN - 13:9780385678902

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for fans of Roald Dahl I have a confession to make. When I first sat down to read this book I was scared. How could that be? you ask. It has such a bright and friendly cover and a heart warming synopsis. And you would be right about both of those things. But it’s written by John Boyne and the only other Boyne book I have read is Boy in the Striped Pajamas. An absolutely beautiful but heartbreaking book. So I was wary that this book – Barnaby Brocket – that seemed pleasant on the surface would end up punching me in the heart and making me cry as well. But right from the first few chapters I could tell that The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocketwould be different. It was still an absolutely touching and heart warming read, but there was no tears, no heart ache. It was much more pleasant and light than my previous experience with this writer. Though a terrible thing happens to poor little Barnaby, who can’t keep his feet on the ground, his story is anything but. This one tiny event, which might destroy a less optimistic and determined person, is the start of a great adventure for Barnaby Brocket, taking him from Sydney, Australia to far off places like Brazil, New York and Toronto. I loved the way Barnaby approached the situations he was in and that through it all he never seemed to give up hope. He is a strong and admirable little boy and I grew quite attached to him during my time reading. The best thing about this book is that the message – that you should celebrate what makes you unique, rather than try to pretend to be “normal” (whatever that may mean) – is woven into every scene and interaction but doesn’t feel overly preachy. It’s a very friendly and approachable writing style. One that I found similar to authors like Roald Dahl – particularly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Recommendation: I think middle grade readers will really take to this novel, but that teens and adults will also find Barnaby Brocket easy to relate to. It’s a universal story with a simple but important message that none of us should forget. This and other reviews at More Than Just Magic (http://morethanjustmagic.org)
Date published: 2013-01-15