Many Points of Me

By Caroline Gertler,

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Book description

“Sensitive and thoughtful—a story about loss, friendship, and the beauty of self-discovery.”—Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal–winning author of When You Reach Me

When Georgia finds a secret sketch her late father—a famed artist—left behind, the discovery leads her down a path that may reshape everything holding her family and friends together.…


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2 authors picked Many Points of Me as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Another middle-grade novel that includes a journey in a search for meaning after grief, Caroline Gertler’s book is also about the beauty of self-discovery. In a search for her father (and his artwork) the main character Georgia finally finds herself...as well as healing, hope, and family. In the end, Georgia learns that “home” is where she belongs, with the people who love her no matter what. A story not only about grief but about unconditional love, Gertler’s novel is a lovely one for those wondering about a lost parent.

This book is quieter than the other books on this list, but I consider it a “fun” grief book for a few reasons. First, it’s set in New York City and features the Met. Since the vast majority of readers presumably didn’t grow up there, the unique setting alone makes the book an enjoyable read. But I also love that the main character, Georgia, gets drawn into a mystery while trying to cope with the loss of her father, a well-known artist who left behind an incomplete series of works, one of which may have included Georgia as the subject.…

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