Confessions of a Candy Snatcher

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Candlewick Press (MA)
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6.1 X 9.1 X 1.0 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author
Phoebe Sinclair believes in the power of voice. Through writing, organizing, and facilitating, she strives to create space and opportunities for people to listen deeply, speak from the heart, and feel heard. Outside of paid work, she is a wanderer, city cyclist, zinester, and friend who confesses a love for candy corn. Confessions of a Candy Snatcher is her first novel. Jersey-raised, Phoebe Sinclair lives with her partner, a graphic designer and musician, in Jamaica Plain in Boston.

Theodore Taylor III is a front-end web developer by day who maintains a career as a children's book illustrator in his free time. He is the illustrator of When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop by Laban Carrick Hill, for which he won the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award. His work is inspired by his love of music, comics, animation, video games, street art, and more. He is also a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur. Theodore Taylor III lives with his wife and son in Richmond, Virginia.
A profoundly relatable debut. . . . The tone is heartbreakingly innocent, brilliantly so, translating the confusion of middle school and the worry of growing up into the acceptance of all manner of hard truths. ­. . . Readers will be completely immersed in this unique, multilayered tale. . . this debut novel with a delightfully diverse cast provides a truthful account of peer pressure, divorce, and consent.
--School Library Journal (starred review)

The striking black-and-white illustrations in a variety of styles offer insights into the characters' emotions in compelling ways. A creative debut about harnessing the courage to view yourself and your friendships clearly.
--Kirkus Reviews

A tween-made zine and the fallout surrounding a disrupted Halloween tradition force a Black 12-year-old to reckon with his actions in this lively work by debut author Sinclair and Taylor. . . . Twining the mystery behind Jonas's fateful All Hallows' Eve with grounded personal conflicts, Sinclair develops a uniquely rendered interpretation of a misunderstood tween seeking stability and a place to belong.
--Publishers Weekly

This story would interest middle school students and help them to realize that growing up is not always easy, but that owning up to your mistakes is always the right thing to do.
--School Library Connection