Long Story Short
By Siobhan Parkinson
(Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596436473, 160pp.)
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
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From Ireland's first laureate for children's literature comes a story of abuse and neglect told with sincerity, heart, and a healthy dose of humor. Jono has always been able to cope with his mother's drinking, but when she hits his little sister Julie, he decides it's time for them to run away. Told in Jono's funny, self-conscious voice, the layers of his past and the events of his escape are gradually revealed. Amusing and touching but never sentimental, Siobhan Parkinson is a well reviewed middle-grade author who now turns her considerable skill as a writer to a young adult audience.
SIOBHAN PARKINSON is the author of twelve previous novels, including Something Invisible, Second Fiddle, and Blue Like Friday. Named the first laureate for children's literature of Ireland, she lives in Dublin with her husband and son.
“Parkinson’s strength is her ability to tell a tense, believable story in an economical style with just enough question marks.” –VOYA “There’s a clever lesson in creative writing threaded throughout this slim but pulse-pounding novel.” –ReadKiddoRead.com
“Unassumingly slender, Long Story Short packs a serious wallop. It's narrated by Jono, a 14-year-old kid from a troubled Irish family whose story is wrenching, but whose manner of telling it is disarming, honest, and often hilarious . . . . Don’t miss this one.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The brief, tightly structured novel is suffused with Jono’s desire for a Happy Family, but Parkinson is too good a writer to settle for an easy, happily-ever-after ending. She does, however, allow readers a credible hope in Julie and Jono’s future.” –Horn Book
“Jono’s voice is lively and individual . . . an engaging narrator and a stand-up guy in a tough situation.” –Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“A deeply affecting story” –Starred, Publishers Weekly