Out of Order
By Betty Hicks
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596430617, 176pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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One million American children become part of blended family every year. What happens to stepsiblings when the oldest child suddenly becomes the middle child, and the youngest even younger? Out of Order delivers four electric points of view from stepsiblings, ages nine to fifteen, in a super-unsettled, scrambled-up family. An unforgettable Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament, plus 120 hazardous bug snacks, equals humor, insight, and serious indigestion. Betty Hicks gives us her most entertaining and complex novel yet.
Betty Hicks is the author of I Smell Like Ham, Animal House and Iz, and Busted! "Everything about this novel was out of order," Betty Hicks says. "The family itself, their problems, their fun. I even found myself writing it out of order. It was wild. The only thing never in doubt was the title!" She lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“. . . both humorous and compelling.”—The Horn Book Magazine
“With much humor, Hicks captures the squabbles but also the closeness of the challenges of family life through the eyes of these participants.”—Voices of Youth Advocates
“Humorous and insightful moments in Hicks’s novel leaven subtle and affecting messages about communication, identity, honesty and forgiveness.”—Publishers Weekly
“A captivating and timely novel.”—School Library Journal
“The switching viewpoints make readers privy to the family secrets and the lies, as the combination of farce and tenderness in daily life brings home both the struggle and the fun. A great choice for readers’ theater.”—Booklist