Ready to Fall

Marcella Pixley (Author)

Product Details

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
Publish Date
November 28, 2017
5.5 X 1.3 X 8.3 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Marcella Pixley is a teacher and the author of two previous books for teens, Freak, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Without Tess, which was described in a starred review in School Library Journal as "[a] lyrical, heartrending novel." She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.


"Lyrical prose, fresh and compelling images, and unforgettable characters create an experience that will stay with readers far past the last page. Grief becomes something oddly beautiful--and beautifully odd." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Pixley uses the school production of Hamlet and the theater milieu effectively--the book's title refers to trust-fall exercises, a common theater practice. It's an act that takes courage, and over the course of the story, Max moves toward being willing to do it . . . Rewarding and touching." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A quirky take on a classic YA narrative on coping with loss, this book delights by showcasing a cast of colorful characters that help Max deal with grief, often via art." --Booklist

"Max's relationships with his new friends, crush, teacher, and father are realistic, flawed, and beautifully written . . . Recommended for most YA shelves." --School Library Journal

"A keen yet accessible portrait of the way grief can knock you sideways and time and humanity can draw you back." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[Pixley's] approach here is as fresh and offbeat as her characters; her poetic prose is full of raw emotions, vivid imagery, and a touch of morbid humor. The tumor may be in Max's imagination, but his pain is hauntingly real." --Horn Book