The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price

The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price

by Jennifer Maschari


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ISBN-13: 9780062380104
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/23/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 670,854
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This plot holds surprises in the best way. It's a book about grief and memory and the process of looking back while also beginning to look forward. In a way, it's about the thing anyone who's experienced loss of any kind knows about: accepting how things are now and what led to now, accepting what is. Brave indeed. Also, I love Ruby the dog so much. You'll see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a moving exploration of the aching gaps left behind by the death of a loved one, and a hope-filled embrace of life, in all its imperfect glory. It's metaphorical, and even allegorical and can be read at several levels at once--a story for adults as well as younger people (I would say going as young as age 8). But that sounds kind of too magnificent and deep and meaningful to be fun. People, this book is FUN. It's also riveting. It starts out all normal and everything, in a regular school, with a kid Charlie and his female friend Elliott in a grief group, and you think, hey, maybe this is TFIOS for the younger set, which would be fine by me, even great, because I loved TFIOS... ..and then things start getting odd. Then they get creepy, the kind of creepy that leaves you feeling prickles on your neck. What really happened to Charlie's friend, Frank, who disappeared? Why is his sister Imogene acting so it just her terrible grief, or is it...something else, too? Something to do with her saying she's seeing mom again? Something to do with...HOLY @#$%, WHAT IS THAT THING UNDER THE--- whoa! What a surprising and redemptive book! Should be on every Middle Grader's shelf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) in exchange for an honest review. After the death of his mom (who died of cancer), Charlie is struggling to reconstruct his life. I will get straight to the point: I loved this book. All kids who have lost someone they love should read it. It's so emotionally real. So honest. And it goes straight for the heart. Straight for the thing that I would want most if I lost my mom. I don't want to give anything away, but I was cheering Charlie on the whole way. My heart broke with his at the struggles he faced and the hard choices he had to make. I cried for him and wished I could reach through the pages and give him a hug. In short, I highly recommend this book!
Emily France More than 1 year ago
This book is so special because it is evident that the author left her heart on every single page. There are touching characters, heart-wrenching grief, and a page-turning mystery. But what makes it shimmer is the heart. It’s everywhere. And it’s a treasure. Bravo!
MarisaR More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK. I love it so. I hope I can articulate how truly special it was to me. And a lot of that is because it struck me on a super personal level. I lost my dad to cancer when I was nine years old. When I first started reading CHARLIE the kid grief over the loss of a parent was SO SPOT ON that I had to take some deep breaths before I could proceed. It hit me in the rawest, most honest, authentic way. After that deep breath, I moved forth into a beautiful and hopeful story that illustrated loss and grief and family and life so authentically that it took my whole heart. There were so many times when I read and was thinking YES! THIS! It was just so spot on. The thoughts Charlie had about his mom. The good and bad memories. I loved the honesty of the thoughts on the page. It was truly magical to read this book. I want to say thank you. THANK YOU for writing something so authentic. I wish I'd had a book like this when I was younger. I think it would've helped me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is going to make an enormous difference in the world! The characters in this debut are so genuine and relatable, and their journey is so moving. I think everyone (seriously, everyone) should read CHARLIE, but it will be especially meaningful to any kids (and adults) grieving the loss of a loved one.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
This book is heartfelt and earnest, and I sobbed through the last 30 pages. Charlie is a 12 year old boy who loves math and his friends and his family, and he and his sister are both reeling from the death of their mother. When his sister finds a portal to a world where their mother is still alive, at first it seems like a miracle. But as Charlie soon learns, there is no joy without loss, no way to enjoy the good things in life without also accepting the bad. Charlie and his friends are a brave and loyal group, and readers will enjoy getting to know them.
QuinnenDonnelly More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Charlie Price hasn’t yet found a way to equalize the equation after his mother’s death to cancer. He’s busy with Mathletes and he has friends at school and belongs to a grief support group, but there’s an aching hole in his life at home. Mom. When his sister Imogen starts acting a bit peculiar — weirdly reminding him a bit of how his friend Frank behaved, after his grandmother’s death and right before his own mysterious disappearance — Charlie doesn’t know what to think. But everything changes when Imogen tells him something that just can’t, can’t, be true: she’s found a trap-door in her bedroom that leads to another world. This world is nearly identical to the world she and Charlie and everyone else inhabit. The one difference: Mom is still alive. What happens to Charlie on the other side calls to mind classic books like Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. There’s something off about this parallel world, but at the same time, Charlie is drawn to it because, well, there’s Mom. His mom. Eager to do all the things he’s always remembered. With him and Imogen. How can he say no to that, even if his gut tells him it’s too good to be true? Maschari’s debut novel will have readers eagerly racing through the pages, their hearts tugged by Charlie’s love for his mother, and their minds full of worry for Charlie and Imogen. Maschari’s story is poignant without ever becoming saccharine. A powerful exploration of grief, memory, and family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jen Maschari's words are absolutely beautiful and have a way of drawing you in. The main characters are each dealing with the loss of a loved one, and as readers, we're able to see their struggles, emotions, and milestones along the way. There were so many times in this book where I had to pause, read a line again, and take it all in because the lines were so powerful. What I found perhaps most amazing about this book were the relationships among the characters. The way they took care of each other and shared the journey together was really, really special. Very well done and a story that sticks with you.
SMParker More than 1 year ago
I WOULD LIKE MY HEART BACK, JENNIFER MASCHARI! This book *deepest sigh*. This book is beyond beautiful. Debut author Maschari weaves sorrow and hope and magic in such an unexpected way as she explores the complex layers of grief. I felt hungry the entire time I was reading it. Hungry for Charlie’s journey, for more words, more pages, more everything. Maschari builds a world of characters that are strong and sweet and so deeply layered. It is zero surprise that this phenomenal debut earned a coveted starred review from School Library Journal. I recommend this book to every reader, any age. It is a loving exploration of our deepest vulnerabilities, and our greatest hopes. In the end, it is a book that reminds readers that we are never alone. And that love is literally everywhere.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is unlike anything I've ever read. It's equal parts gripping plot, fleshed out fantasy world (and real world, for that matter), and impeccable character study. Charlie is such a genuine and authentic main character with flaws and ambitions and emotions. He is an entirely believable 12 year old who tries to act grown up when situations warrant, but is still in most ways a kid. I adored the unfolding of his friendship with Elliott and the care he shows for his sister, Imogen. Also, his world(s) was entirely intriguing and engaging. I want to be a Mathlete! I want to go to Edna's bakery! I want to find out what on earth is happening [INSERT SPOILER HERE :)]! Loss is tough and horrible and sad, but it's also part of life. The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price handles the topic of grief in a way that's both accessible and manageable for kids (and grown ups). There are sad moments, but this is not a sad book. It's an uplifting story that walks you through grief to the other side, where memories keep someone alive inside of us and serve as a springboard to move forward. Every so often, I'll read or experience something that I want to wrap up in velvet cloth and carry close to my heart like a treasure. That's what The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is to me.
MGReader More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, unsettling and heart-breakingly original, this book creates a world where the land of grief that children go to when they lose someone is a real place -- a place that can steal them away from the world, and from their future, and (most importantly) their memories, good and bad, old and yet-to-come. After losing his best friend to this grief world Charlie almost loses his sister, too, who follows an echo of their dead mother and nearly disappears. But with the help of a very brave girl named Elliot and a dog who is the living embodiment of empathy (which all dog lovers will see instantly is true and right) Charlie goes on a remarkable, creepy, and sad journey into not only this alternate world but his own understanding of his grief. This is one of those rare childrens' books that works on so many levels that book lovers will return to it again and again, clearly written by someone who know what it's like to nearly lose yourself in grief and then find the real world again. A fantastic read.
KidlitFan2016 More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a brother, a sister, and two friends who are each struggling with the loss of a close family member. Through a remarkable, magical, and emotional journey, one of them - Charlie - finds the strength to empower all of them to find hope and move forward. It's a masterfully-written story that weaves the themes of love/loss and fear/hope together with math and games, stories and constellations, and a very special dog. Warning: THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE is hard to put down! From the first page, there are hints that things are not as they seem. Jennifer Maschari continues to plant mysteries and clues as the story builds tension to the point where it's impossible to turn the pages fast enough... Until the climax. Though packed with action, the high point of the story is so full of emotion it demands to be read slowly and carefully. And then hugged tightly! This is a book I won't soon forget. I can't wait for it to be out in the world!
Brooks_Benjamin More than 1 year ago
Not too long ago, there was a post roaming around social media about the ultimately destructive qualities of "sad MG books." I've always settled myself deeply into the everyone's-entitled-to-their-own-opinion camp when it comes to fiction. And I'd hazard to say we probably all have. But this irked me and a few of my blogging friends. Totally irked. We were positively plagued with the overwhelming irksomeness at the notion that middle-grade fiction cannot and should not exist if it isn't swelling with rainbows and giggles. Irking, ain't it? I wish I'd been able to read Maschari's book, The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price, back then. Because her book is the perfect example of why we need "sad books." Now, before I go on, I'm not going to call Maschari's book a "sad book" again. Yes, it has moments of gut-wrenching despair and I shed more than a few tears reading it and the story's backdrop does ultimately stem from a place of grief . . . but it is not by any means a "sad book." The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is nothing if it's not hopeful. And how are we supposed to truly appreciate hope if we don't have some sadness to compare it to? In Maschari's book, Charlie's world suffers a massive kick to the throat after his mom dies. Everyone in his family is acting different. His classmates are acting different. The entire universe seems to have been nudged slightly off center, in fact. Then Charlie's little sister reveals a secret: she's found a pathway into a parallel world in which mom is still alive. Charlie is ecstatic and, for the first time in what feels like forever, finally feels normal again. But not for long. Charlie discovers another secret about this place . . . one which could destroy everything Charlie holds dear. Now I know what you're thinking. "A bit heavy, isn't it?" And here's my response: "Yes. Wonderfully so." Middle-grade readers need heavy like this. Middle-grade readers have gone through heavy like this! Sure, middle-grade readers need books that make them smile and laugh and dance. But they also need books that'll wrap them up in a tight hug to say, "I know. I've been there, too." Because that's what gives us hope. Knowing that we're not alone. Knowing that there are others out there who have gone through that same thing and come out alive. The themes of grief and loss run deep in The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price. And I'm so glad they do. A book like this gets written from a place of experience. And it's a book like this that gets read and adored from a place of experience. It's a book like this that kids and adults are going to remember for a long time. It's a book like this that's going to give a lot of people hope.