The Thing with Feathers
The Thing with Feathers  -     By: McCall Hoyle
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In The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle, Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she's homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she's probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can't swim. Then Emilie's mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj's to halls full of strangers.

To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn't told anyone about her epilepsy. Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she'll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet's advice and "dwell in possibility." Recommended for ages 13 years and older.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Blink
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310758416
ISBN-13: 9780310758419
Ages: 13-16

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  1. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An enthralling story of recovering from loss and finding the courage to accept new challenges
    October 24, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Thing with Feathers.
    An enthralling story of recovering from loss and finding the courage to accept new challenges. And Emilie doesn't always do it gracefully but there is such exhilarating hope in her story.

    I can totally relate to Emilie because I struggle with change too and have had periods in my life where I've been sure that I'm the only one with problems -- that everyone else is leading a perfect life. I loved being a part of Emilie's awakening -- not only in coming to grips with who she is and how she can relate with the larger world, but in her growing awareness of the people in that world. Of their individual struggles and challenges.

    Emilie has a great 'voice', punctuated with humour and drama and plenty of teenage angst. The opening line sets the stage perfectly: "My mother lost her mind today, and I'm going to prison." That prison is high school and Emilie is suddenly thrust into a world she has been hiding from for years. I lived every awkward, terrifying, exciting and ultimately triumphant moment right along with her. Budding friendships, first love and the joy of finding a place where you can grow and thrive and make a difference -- all the stuff that makes for a fascinating story. Not to mention my hero, Hitch, seizure dog extraordinaire who has never met a stranger. An inspiring debut novel that will delight YA and older readers alike.

    My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.
  2. Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing, Clean YA
    September 20, 2017
    Suzie
    Nashville, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    This review was written for The Thing with Feathers.
    When Emilie Days mother forces her to attend high school after years of homeschooling, shes convinced her life is over. She was perfectly content with hanging out in her PJs with her service dog as her friend, occasionally hanging out with the little girl next door.

    The last thing she wants to do is hang out with a bunch of teenagers who view her as a freak because of her epilepsy. What if she has a seizure and embarrasses herself?

    Yet, despite her best efforts, a couple students manage to penetrate the wall Emilie builds around herself.

    This book was a delightful surprise for me. I loved Emilies sarcastic edge to the thoughts and comments she (mostly) keeps to herself. Shes struggling with the loss of her father, her illness, and being forced into a world she wants no part of. When she opens herself up just a little, there is the smallest light in her dreary life and you want it to grow.

    Yes, McCall Hoyle uses some familiar high school clichsEmilie even notes them through movie referencesbut those are quickly dispelled as Emilie gets to know her fellow classmates better.

    This book is about living, about friendships, first loves, and family. Its about letting go of anger and fear and believing theres more to life and reaching for it. A wonderful and uplifting debut novel for readers looking for clean YA fiction.

    ***I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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