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Pearl

Pearl

A Novel

Jo Knowles

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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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.

American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, ALA Best Books for Young Adults

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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...

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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

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of PEARL . A touching family melodrama about the corrosive nature of secrets and the cleansing power of honesty. - Kirkus Reviews

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