THE VERY WORST THING by Torey Hayden

THE VERY WORST THING

Age Range: 9 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twelve-year-old David, passed among foster homes for as long as he can remember, has never had anything or anyone of his own except his sister, who is now in juvenile hall. Once again, he’s the new kid and the butt of every joke because of his stutter and being held back a year. After destroying an owl’s nest in a fit of anger, he takes the remaining egg and decides to hatch it. He befriends Mab, a “genius girl,” who is two years younger than the rest of their class. The owl-raising goes well until King Arthur begins to wither in captivity, and David learns that the very worst thing is losing something you love. This is just the type of fiction one would expect from Hayden, usually a nonfiction scribe. David’s a believable child with many obstacles to mount; Mab, however, often displays too much understanding of human relationships, and the descriptive language reads awkwardly in places. Despite these flaws, this is a well-wrought problem novel for the younger set. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-06-029792-1
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2003