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Up On Cloud Nine
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A gripping - and darkly humorous - tale from a multi-award-winning author.

About the Author

Anne Fine has been an acknowledged top author in the children's book world since her first book was published in the mid l970s, and has now written more than forty books and won virtually every major award going, including the Carnegie Medal (more than once), the Whitbread Children's Award, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Smarties Prize and others. The Children's Laureate from 2001-2003, Anne is also very funny and young readers love her lack of hypocrisy about the family and her honesty about how people can behave.She lives in the North-East. 'One of the sharpest and most humorous observers of the human condition writing today for the young' School Librarian i> /i>'She is translated into 26 languages and has regularly won every major children's literary award in the land, including the Carnegie Medal twice and the Whitbread Children's Novel award twice . . . There are few more influential, or more unfailingly intelligent, authors at work' Scotsman 'A subversively wicked gift for exploring family tensions' Independent

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As the boy narrator sits at the hospital bedside of his unconscious friend who has sustained a concussion, he pieces together anecdotes of their shared times, and the darker side of his friend's life starts to emerge. PW wrote in a starred review, "The author mixes equal measures of humor and poignancy into this novel about friendship between two very different yet inseparable boys." Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

"Funny, touching novel which shows Anne Fine on top form. Stolly is one of the most endearing and original characters to have appeared in children's literature for a long time . . . satisfyingly uplifting" * Observer * "Bound to command attention . . . Stolly, the eccentric, hazard-prone hero is magnificiently evoked for us through a series of recollections and beside the musings of his best friend Ian" * TES * "Subtle and entertaining . . . will make children of both sexes accept unusualness and difference, both in themselves and in others. This book will move them, and it will make them laugh" * The Sunday Times * "Up on Cloud Nine is witty and compelling, the message it carries to adult readers does not make for comfortable reading . . . [A] brave and sometimes brilliant book. And, as always with Anne Fine, the jokes are excellent" * Independent * "This latest novel from the Children's Laureate may be inspired by the phenomenon of teenage suicide, but there is nothing grim or mawkish about it: a wonderfully funny and perceptive glimpse of the inner lives of boys" * Guardian *

Gr 4-7-Fine offers readers another memorable character in Stol, short for Stuart Oliver. With both of his parents occupied with their careers, his friend Ian and Ian's parents have taken the boy into their hearts and home. The opening scene takes place in a hospital where Stol lies in a coma after falling, or possibly jumping, from a third-story window. Ian watches his buddy and surveys his memory for clues as to how the incident could have happened, thinking and writing about their times together. Perfectly happy one minute and desperately uncertain that life is worth continuing the next, Stol is a fascinating explosion of abilities and worldviews. His philosophical viewpoint and way of life are the antithesis of Ian's solid practicality, and he expresses feelings that others are afraid to say. Needing one another, the boys share a friendship that is revealed on every page right to the end. All of Fine's characters leap to life, even Stol's absent and self-centered mother. The effectiveness and morality of Ian's interference with the authorities in convincing them that Stol's act was not a suicide attempt are left open and are sure to spark discussion opportunities for readers. Completely absorbing, this book is a gift to those who know and love others who are different.-Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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