OLA Forest Kid Committee Summer Reading List: We Are All Made of Molecules

July 7, 2017 at 11:05 am Leave a comment

From Natalie C., Reference & Digital Resources Librarian

This is the second in our blog series on the OLA Forest Kid Committee Summer Reading List. Selected by kids for kids, the list has 20 great books for students grades 5 through 8. Follow along on the blog as I attempt to profile as many books on the list as I can before the school year starts up again.

Second on the list: We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

The Haiku Review

WeAreAllMadeofMolecules

Ashley and Stewart / opposite but the same / stripped to molecules

Major Players:

  • Anxious but thoughtful self-proclaimed smart guy Stewart
  • Stewart’s new almost-step-sister, the self-absorbed Ashley
  • The couple who are so cute they make you wanna puke: Stewart’s dad Stanley & Ashley’s mom Caroline
  • Ashley’s stylish dad Phil
  • A cat named Schrodinger

One-Sentence Summary

When nerdy Stewart’s dad & too-cool-for-school Ashley’s mom decide to blend their families, these two teens from opposite sides of the school cafeteria must find a way to live together.

Tough Topics

We Are All Made of Molecules tackles death, anxiety, bullying, sexual assault, homophobia, divorce, blended families & integrity

Kids List Connections

Both Month of Mondays & We Are All Made of Molecules feature moms named Caroline.

Quick Quotes

Ashley: “As I strode down the corridor to my locker, I felt full of confidence and joie de beaver (that’s French for just basically loving life)” (p. 122)

Stewart: “We’re bringing a lot of stuff with us, but we can’t bring the mosaic stepping-stones my mom made that line the path in the backyard, or the flowers she planted, or her molecules, which I know still float through the air, because why else can I feel her presence all the time?” (p. 5)

What’d I think?

8/10 Stewarts not Spewarts

I zoomed through We Are All Made of Molecules — definitely a great read. It tackles tough topics with humour and heart. Told in alternating voices, Stewart and Ashley make compelling narrators. While Stewart is slightly more developed than his female counterpart, both characters get the opportunity to grow and shine. I appreciated that the book didn’t shy away from difficult ideas and that it presented its characters grappling with tricky emotions. A trojan horse of a novel that sneaks important messages in with accessible prose, characters you want to be friends with and a touch of funny. A great book to highlight the importance of standing up for what you believe in.

Check out our first post in the series on A Month of Mondays, and stay tuned for more book profiles in the coming weeks!

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