Those Kids from Fawn Creek

By Erin Entrada Kelly,

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“A powerful and thought-provoking story.”—Shelf Awareness (starred review)

“An emotionally resonant story about authenticity and belonging.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A raw, real exploration of belonging that’s also sweetly hopeful.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Every day in Fawn Creek, Louisiana, is exactly the same—until Orchid Mason arrives. From Erin Entrada Kelly, the…

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2 authors picked Those Kids from Fawn Creek as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I’m a 7th-grade advisor at my day job (teacher/tech director at a pre-K-8 school), so it was fun to read a book featuring this age group that I know so well.

I love all of Erin Entrada Kelly’s books. Per usual, this one nailed the psychology and struggles of kids on the cusp of young adulthood. The diverse cast of characters is excellent, and the setting is finely drawn.

The yearning of Dorothy and Greyson for something beyond their narrow-minded small town is palpable—so palpable that it makes their initial acceptance of Orchid’s obvious wish-fulfillment fantasy stories about her background…

I love this book so much! It is about a small town in Louisiana, Fawn Creek (known as Yawn Creek to the residents) where the same 12 kids have been going to school forever until one day a new girl, Orchid Mason shows up and begins to mix things up. It’s about friendship, family, self-deception, and following your dreams. I absolutely loved it. Erin Entrada Kelly is such a master at showing the reader multiple perspectives, which greatly enhances the reading experience. 

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