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"Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift." —BCCB (starred review) Two life-long best friends grow up and begin to grow apart in this honest, deeply...
"Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift." —BCCB (starred review) Two life-long best friends grow up and begin to grow apart in this honest, deeply...
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  • "Captures with unusually knowing and respectful perception the steps of a friend shift." —BCCB (starred review)

    Two life-long best friends grow up and begin to grow apart in this honest, deeply felt middle grade debut.
    Sara and Nadine.
    Nadine and Sara.
    It's only ever been the two of them. Two halves of the same person. Best friends forever—until they aren't.
    Everything has changed this year. Nadine has suddenly skipped a grade and gone to high school without Sara. No matter how hard she fights to save their friendship, Sara can feel it slipping away.
    But change can happen from the inside, too. The forever-friend days of running through sprinklers and slurping up ice cream cones may be over. Yet in their place, Sara just might discover something new and wonderful: herself.

About the Author-

  • Michelle Kim is a filmmaker and actor. She was born and raised in Surrey, Canada, and now lives in Vancouver, Canada. Running Through Sprinklers is her first novel. Visit her at HapanessMedia.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    February 1, 2018

    Gr 5-8-Sara and Nadine have been inseparable since the age of one, when they both moved to a cul-de-sac in the brand-new suburb of Surrey, Canada. Now 12 and about to start seventh grade, Sara's idyllic childhood is shattered when Nadine skips ahead to high school and leaves Sara to complete her final year of primary school alone. Sara spirals into depression, jealousy, and anger as she struggles to regain her lost friendship and discover who she is without the person who defined her the most. Written in limited first-person point of view, the book reads more like a progression of impressionistic and emotionally charged vignettes than a traditional linear novel. The stream-of-consciousness flashbacks to Sara's early childhood that pepper the narrative lend an oddly dreamy, nostalgic tone to the work. Due to this style, the pacing is inconsistent and the plot is underdeveloped. The novel relies heavily on Sara's angst for her lost friend and her ensuing interactions with Jen, Nadine's little sister. Other subplots are brought up quickly and resolved too conveniently or dismissed with a life-goes-on resolution. Many of these threads, including the disappearance of a neighborhood boy and sexual harassment and stalking by a classmate, are disturbing and need more attention than they are given. A highlight of the novel, however, is Sara's strong relationship to her family and her Korean heritage. The book may find an audience in mature middle grade readers who enjoy emotionally driven, slice-of-life fare. VERDICT Purchase where nostalgic, realistic reads are popular with students.-Bridgid Gallagher-Sauter, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2018
    Best friends forever, Sara Smith and Nadine Ando navigate the end of a friendship when Nadine skips a grade and Sara is left behind.Sara Smith is a biracial (half-white, half-Korean) seventh-grader in her final year of middle school. She and Nadine (who is also biracial, half-white, half-Japanese) have been inseparable for years. Cul-de-sac neighbors in a suburb of Vancouver since childhood, the girls have never considered separation before. They are two halves of the same person. Sara often reflects on the differences between the races of their parents and describes how this affects family life. In Sara's family, her mother is Korean; in Nadine's, her mother is white. The pain of possibly losing her trusted sidekick creates strong emotions as the school year begins, which leads to regrettable behavior. The girls' younger siblings play significant roles, and there's a subplot of a missing classmate. As the school year progresses, Sara's internal dialogue gradually awakens emotional truth and personal growth as she learns from her mistakes. Occasionally, author Kim's descriptiveness wanders past typical narration, serving more as a witness for readers rather than helping them emotionally experience the moment. In the end, Sara is wistful, recognizing the place her childhood best friend will always have in her life.Readers get a ringside seat to the rite of passage of feeling true sadness for the first time in this story for readers readying to move up to YA. (Fiction. 10-14)

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    March 5, 2018
    Sara and Nadine have been best friends as well as neighbors in their Vancouver suburb for most of their lives. Sara is sure they will always be close, but her dreams for a perfect new school year are shattered when Nadine reveals she is skipping a grade and heading to high school, something she has kept from Sara. At the same time, Daniel, a boy who plays baseball with Sara’s brother, goes missing. As the community reels, Sara is determined to help find Daniel, a quest she hopes will keep her close to Nadine. But both girls are changing and growing apart; Sara hangs out with Jen, Nadine’s sister, which makes Nadine pull away more. Kim fills this honest coming-of-age story with small yet treasured memories from Sara and Nadine’s friendship, conveying the depth of their connection and the uncertainty that change brings. Both girls are biracial; Nadine is half white, half Japanese, and Sara’s Korean identity is a particularly well-integrated part of the story. Kim’s debut deftly explores the complexities of friendship and growing up, as well as the satisfaction that comes through self-discovery. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sam Hiyate, Rights Factory.

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