From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart.
Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That's because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tries not to let his disorder define him, but it can be hard with an overprotective mom and a perfect big brother.
Then Caleb meets Kita vibrant, independent, and free girland his world changes instantly. Kit reads Caleb's palm and tells him they are destined to become friends. She calls birds down from the sky and turns every day into an adventure. Her magic is contagious, making Caleb question the rules and order in his life. But being Kit's friend means embracing deception and danger, and soon Caleb will have to decide if his friendship with Kit is really what's best for himor her.
This new paperback edition includes a Q&A with the author as well as a sneak peek at Beth Vrabel's next middle grade novel, The Humiliations of Pipi McGee.
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Beth Vrabel is the award-winning author of A Blind Guide to Stinkville, A Blind Guide to Normal, The Reckless Club, and the Pack of Dorks series. She can't clap to the beat or be trusted around Nutella, but indulges in both often, much to the dismay of her family. She lives in Texas, in the Dallas area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was not the best book I have ever read, but it was good.
“Two long, thick trunks soared straight to the sky and then curved away from each other. I had heard once about trees that do that – live side by side but bend away to share the sun. They are buddies. They could stick close, but if they do, eventually one will struggle to tower over the other, keeping the weaker, unluckier one in the shade. Instead, if they are really friends, they’ll bend apart. I wondered if it hurt, twisting away from your friend like that.” – Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel It has taken me twenty-five years to realize that friendships are ever changing. You would think that friendship should always be something in your life that stays constant; sometimes that’s just not the case. Society makes it so easy to make new friends everywhere you go, rather it’s at work, school, out at the bar, workout class, wherever it is, you will eventually meet somebody that you can share the same interests in potentially leading to a friendship. The hardest thing about friendships is that they are ever changing. Sometimes though, life throws things at your friendship and the best thing to do is bend apart. I can tell Caleb right now, twisting away from those friendships can really hurt. Caleb and Kit, by Beth Vrabel, portrays such classic friendships through the telling of twelve year olds’ eyes. Caleb at the age of two was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, which has caused him to be look more like a nine year old rather than a twelve year old; he wish people wouldn’t point that out all the time. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a disease that affects the body on a cellular level, causing the mucus in the lungs to be produced thicker than what somebody without CF has. Caleb is at that age in his life where independency is the cool thing to do, battling his mother, father and brother day in and day out to prove that he is fully capable of handling his daily routine. He doesn’t have a typical daily routine, not like most kids his age. His daily routine involves a lot of medications and time spent using his nebulizer. Caleb is determined to prove to everybody that he is able to manage this particular part of his life. One day he found himself walking out in the woods, when stumbling upon a girl named Kit. Kit had an imagination that was out of this world and Caleb was intrigued. That summer Caleb and Kit became inseparable. They find themselves letting their imagination taking over reality, which has found them getting into a little bit of trouble along the way. Eventually, Caleb gets to the point where it’s time to do the mature thing and stop the imagination play and be there for his friend Kit. Join Caleb in his adventure through a summer of friendships, family dilemmas and dealing with a medical condition. I would have to rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I thought Beth did a great job at allowing the reader to put himself or herself in the perspective of a young person who may suffer, not only from CF, but any life-threatening illness.
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own. Oh, my heart! I am so madly in love with this book, I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely loved how plucky and strong Caleb was, how he refused to allow his CF to define him, and how fiercely independent he was. And then there’s feisty Kit, with her fantastic imagination and fierce sense of survival. I was cheering their friendship on from the beginning. They were a match made in literary heaven. As much as I love this book and think everyone should read it, it’s important to note that it deals with really hard topics, both individually and in how they look after each other. But that’s exactly why everyone should read it. Vrabel has taken these very intense topics, cystic fibrosis and a highly unstable, probably violent homelife, and brought it to life in a way that young readers can understand and relate to. It felt realistic, and true to the ways I’d expect this age group to react in similar situations. Highly recommend.
Wonderfully written, so easy to get lost in the story, and one of my favourite Middle Grade novels ever written. I would 100% recommend it to ANYONE—children and adults alike.