Reviews for Brother, Brother / Roaring Brook Press / 2013
12/6/13: #Litchat on Twitter with @ClayCarmichael,
author of Brother, Brother & Wild Things:
Carmichael explores the journey to self-discovery, nature versus nurture, defining family values, and recognizing your own strength and character through the appealing Brother and his marvelous entourage. -VOYA
"When seventeen-year-old Brother Grace loses the wise, warm, lively grandmother who reared him, he doesn’t know where to turn. Mem, his grandmother, had always been tight-lipped about his background, stressing only that going to visit the island where she grew up as the daughter of the housekeeper of a wealthy family was out of the question. Now that she’s gone, however, Brother makes an unsettling discovery about what the island holds, and he makes the trek to the island to uncover the secrets of his family. Carmichael deftly creates an atmospheric setting; the property, ironically but aptly called Eden, is a paradise infected by sadness and corruption and haunted by tragedy. There Brother finds relatives he never knew: his great uncle (a powerful senator who brooks no challenge to his control over his family) and Brother’s own drug-addicted twin brother. Brother arrives with his own posse, including a childhood friend and his little brother with problems of their own, a strong-willed, intelligent girl he meets on the way, and his dog, Trooper, who is simply everything a dog should be—faithful, heroic, and more than a little psychic....[A] family story with its touch of mystery, well-developed sense of place, and appealing characters."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"This uplifting underdog story, featuring actual dogs, will draw thoughtful readers with its well-wrought characters and themes of family secrets, romance, and virtue."—Suzanne Gordon, School Library Journal
"[A] gentle, character-driven work that rides on the compassionate nature of
"With a strong sense of mystery, an unusual setting and engaging teen characters-both male and female-Brother, Brother is a perfect page-turner for summer reading, whether readers are on the beach or just dreaming of one."
— Susie Wilde, News & Observer
"Carmichael writes movingly of Brother's struggle to understand his real family and thus more about himself. "—Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books
"Wild Things, Clay Carmichael's first YA book, is a joy."
"Zoë’s first-person narration alternates with the observations of a feral tomcat ... and well-drawn eccentric characters add additional sparkle to the magic-touched story. Zoë’s fierce, funny voice is compelling, whether she is describing tense standoffs or moments of rare vulnerability that go straight to the heart."—Booklist
"It's hard to resist the voice of 11-year-old narrator Zoë, who stars in Carmichael's swiftly-paced first novel, alongside a supporting cast of eccentric characters nearly as wild as she."—Shelf Awareness, featured review
Many thanks to our hundreds of visitors! See you next fall.
Honors & Reviews for Wild Things
A Bank Street College Best Book of the Year/Starred
NAPPA Gold Award
Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book
Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop
2011 Sakura Medal Nominee (Japan)
2010-11 NC Children's Book Award Nominee
Keystone State Young Adult Book Award Nominee
2010 YALSA BBYA Nominee
2010 ALA Amelia Bloomer List Nominee
KCPL 2010 Mock Newbery Honor
ACPL 2010 Mock Newbery Shortlist
Eva Perry Mock Newbery 'Shorter Shortlist'
Denver Public Library Mock Newbery Shortlist
*Starred Review* "Zoë Royster, peer to the literary heroines she so loves, is as memorable in her own way as The Great Gilly Hopkins, Opal Buloni and Anne Shirley." — Kirkus
*Highlighted Review* "Carmichael's beautifully written story is wonderful. Readers both young and old will find Zoë a likeable and touching character and will be moved by the people who try to help her. This novel is a wonderful addition to any fiction collection. —Victoria Vogel, VOYA, (Voice of Youth Advocates)
*Five stars* A phenomenal debut book...I was stunned by the depth of the characters, and how I truly connected with many of them. My favorite part was the added perspective...of the wild cat, which adds an excellent dimension... Carmichael...skillfully weaves this story and interesting characters together to create the masterpiece that is WILD THINGS.
A must-read for all readers!
—Andrew S. Cohen, TeensReadToo.com
"Page by page, and this is a real page-turner, I fell hard for Wild Things."—Colleen Mondor
"Wonderfully written with contrasting points of view from the cat and Zoë, the core of the novel is the family you're born with can let you down. But the families we create can be unbreakable. —Angela Nolet, Children’s Librarian, You Choose the Next Newbery, King Co. Library System, WA.
"Carmichael’s a smooth and evocative stylist, and the classic elements of the orphan story retain their appeal as Zoë begins to come to terms with her sad past in the face of her loving present."— Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
More on Wild Things
©1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Clay Carmichael, All Rights Reserved. Permissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reviews are the property of the reviewing party or publication. B&W photographs © Catharine Carter & Clay Carmichael