Read Still a Work in Progress Online Free - In a return to middle-grade fiction, master of perspectives Jo Knowles depicts a younger sibling struggling to maintain his everyday life while coping with his sister’s secret struggle.
Noah is just trying to make it through seventh grade. The girls are confusing, the homework is boring, and even his friends are starting to bug him. Not to mention that his older sister, Emma, has been acting pretty strange, even though Noah thought she’d been doing better ever since the Thing They Don’t Talk About. The only place he really feels at peace is in art class, with a block of clay in his hands. As it becomes clear through Emma’s ever-stricter food rules and regulations that she’s not really doing better at all, the normal seventh-grade year Noah was hoping for begins to seem pretty unattainable. In an affecting and realistic novel with bright spots of humor, Jo Knowles captures the complexities of navigating middle school while feeling helpless in the face of a family crisis.
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July 12, 2016
There is no information here that isn’t in the book description, but for people who like to go into books knowing nothing, I’ve put the majority of this review in spoiler tags, even though I care a great deal about spoiler tags when they’re warranted and I don’t really think they are here, but ju...
August 03, 2016
Still A Work in Progress, the seventh novel from Jo Knowles, begins with Noah and his middle school crowd caught up in friendship, families, who-likes-who, and smelly stuff. It’s all charming in a Wonder Years kind of way. But after a mention or two of the Thing That Happened, we know that all is...
October 12, 2016
I haven’t read Jo Knowles in a long time, but she has a couple of books that left quite a mark on me—especially Jumping Off Swings. So when I spotted her new book, I scooped it up and starting reading before I even left the library!
Still a Work in Progress has a little of everything from...
May 08, 2017
Full review with teaching tools: http://www.unleashingreaders.com/?p=1...
What I am always amazed by when I read a book by Jo Knowles is her ability to tell the truth about our world, and this book once again fits this description. Jo has a way of making her characters ones that are so real that y...
August 07, 2016
Another thought-provoking, touching and heart-breaking novel by Jo Knowles. She is a master in bringing wonderful characters to life, in making tough issues accessible to young readers, in letting readers deeply connect and empathize with the characters of her stories, in letting us laugh and cry...
September 03, 2016
Eighth-grader Noah deals with friend troubles, school troubles, and girl troubles. None of these compare, however, to the Thing We Don't Talk About, his older sister's eating disorder. The family dealt with it one time, and now, if they just don't talk about, maybe it will go away.
Noah is a cleve...
August 23, 2016
This is definitely 3.5 stars. It is hard for me to give a Jo Knowles' book only 3.5 stars. I usually love everything she writes - especially See You at Harry's. I will still book talk it with students and share it soon.
May 18, 2016
Not surprisingly, Jo Knowles has written another great book! Noah is a character that is easy to care about and feel for. His view of the world is authentic and his love for his family is very real. This novel reminded me how truly awful and stressful it was to be a middle schooler! Jo created an...
January 31, 2017
I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC (NetGalley) of this middle grade realistic fiction novel by Jo Knowles in exchange for this review. I really enjoyed this book and am going to be anxious to see how the students in my class like it. This book tells the story of a seventh grade boy, Noah...
November 23, 2016
Noah's life is completely changing. All at once, his friends start dating or talking about dating. That'd be bad enough, but his older sister may be getting sick again.
I think this may be Jo Knowles' best yet. Noah's confusion and anxiety is perfectly captured. I could imagine every character an...