Every Little Thing in the World

March 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Sixteen-year-old Sydney Biggs is a “good kid”—smart, pretty, self-aware. No one doubts that she’ll go far in life. But lately her mother worries that Sydney is wandering down the wrong path and getting all caught up in petty teenage rebellion and shenanigans. When Sydney and her best friend, Natalia, “borrow” a car to go to a party and then get escorted home by the police, their parents pack them up and ship them off to a hard-love wilderness camp to stop this behavior before it gets out of hand, before things go too far. The problem is, they already have.

Sydney the “good kid” is pregnant.

In the wilds of Canada—where the girls are to spend the next four weeks canoeing, camping, and foraging for food—time is ticking, because Sydney isn’t sure what she wants to do about this baby. And she certainly isn’t expecting the other heady issues that will confront her as she forges friendships with her adventure mates, including a guy who makes it no secret that he is a major thug, and a teen television heartthrob with a secret of his own, not to mention her own best friend—who is very adamant about what Sydney should do.


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Praise for Every Little Thing in the World

“A deft and poignant exploration of reproductive choices… de Gramont’s compelling coming-of-age story, often poetic, compassionately probes the dilemma of and complex choices surrounding Sydney’s pregnancy. As told from Sydney’s point of view in an authentic adolescent voice, her growing self-awareness of “what’s discovered after losing your way” is both moving and hopeful.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Sydney’s complex relationships with her single mother and idealistic but distant father are authentic and poignant. In her first novel for teens, de Gramont ably captures Sydney’s reflective journey from a passive girl to a young woman ready to make the biggest decision of her life.”—Publishers Weekly

“Nina de Gramont’s novel (Atheneum, 2010) offers an authentic, sensitive snapshot of late adolescence and raises thought-provoking questions regarding pregnancy, sex, abuse, drugs, and other teen issues. She masterfully captures hope amidst angst and has a surprise for listeners at the end of the story.”—School Library Journal

“Well written and eminently current, this deep, provocative novel will find a wide teen audience. It would be a worthy addition to any public or high school library collection.”—VOYA


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