Pearl

Jo Knowles

Henry Holt and Co.

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Bean (née Pearl) and Henry, misfits and best friends, have the strangest mothers in town. Henry’s mom Sally never leaves the house. Bean’s mom Lexie, if she is home, is likely nursing a hangover or venting to her friend Claire about Bean’s beloved grandfather Gus, the third member of their sunny household.

Gus’s death unleashes a host of family secrets that brings them all together. And they threaten to change everything—including Bean’s relationship with Henry, her first friend, and who also might turn out to be her first love.

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chapter one
 

Henry and I get comfortable in our usual Days of Our Non Lives positions on his mother’s scratchy plaid couch in their tiny living room. We’re just in time for the familiar hourglass. Sally hushes us for the opening voice-over.
Like sands through the hourglass …
Henry and I look at each other and telepathically exchange a single, familiar phrase: We are pathetic.
… so are the days of our lives.
The small air conditioner duct-taped into the only window in the cramped living room hums mournfully over

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“Knowles has perfectly told an intriguing story of dysfunctional characters who cannot, will not, or are unable to communicate because of fear...fear of learning the truth, fear of hurting others, fear of losing love." --VOYA
 
“…the story […] funnels family oddities, secrets, and personal melodrama into eventual respect for family differences.”--School Library Journal

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About the Author

Jo Knowles

Jo Knowles is the author of the novels Jumping Off Swings and Lessons from a Dead Girl. She lives in Vermont with her husband and son.

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Pearl
Jo Knowles

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
July 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429975056
ISBN10: 1429975059
Young Adult Fiction224 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: HL610LL

$9.99

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Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
July 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805092073
ISBN10: 0805092072
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

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Lexile: HL610LL

$16.99
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