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Pearl

Jo Knowles

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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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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Praise for Pearl

“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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Read the Kirkus Review of PEARL . A touching family melodrama about the corrosive nature of secrets and the cleansing power of honesty.
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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.
  • Jo Knowles
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Pearl

Jo Knowles

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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