Simon Sort of Says


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$16.99  $15.80
Disney Hyperion
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5.8 X 7.4 X 1.8 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Erin Bow was born and raised in Iowa and trained as a physicist, so naturally she now spends her days writing children's fiction in a tiny (heated) garden shed in Ontario, Canada. Her books have won a fistful of awards. Erin lives with her husband, two teenage kids, a tabby named after a rock, a black cat named after a black hole, and an empty-headed, big-hearted dog named after the moon. Visit her online at and @ErinBowBooks.


A near-perfect novel that features quirky friendships, wild astronomy exploits (that almost work!), zany animal capers and plenty of humor amidst the darkness.--Shelf Awareness
*An uproarious small-town comedy with a devastating tragedy at its core.
--Kirkus, starred review

-Junior Library Guild Gold Standard title
[Masterful] . . . funny and heartfelt in equal measure.
--School Library Journal

Blunt as trauma, delicate as healing, and hilarious and tragic as middle school can be--each piece of Simon Sort of Says snaps together like the most satisfying jigsaw puzzle. This book is as close to everything as one book can be.--Kyle Lukoff, Newbery Honor-winning author of Too Bright to See
Fast-paced and full of quirky characters, Simon Sort of Says presents a tragedy stitched up with humor, sensitivity, and rare humanity.--Jack Gantos, Newbery Award-winning author of Dead End in Norvelt
Bow tackles really tough topics in this novel with grace and empathy while also threading in laugh-out-loud humor throughout.
Bow delivers another middle-grade page turner. . . . Bow diffuses the story's serious topics, ranging from parental and social issues to mental and emotional health, with humor and a silly scheme. Middle-grade students will resonate with the worries and pressures attached to making friends and meeting one another's families. A tale of healing that serves as an excellent reminder to never assume we know what plights another friend is going through.

*Despite the weighty premise, Bow's storytelling brims with vitality, featuring many hilarious, outlandish scenes, like the antics of a funeral home's peacock, a dog that retrieves cans of beer, and the life and death of a Jesus Squirrel. The scientific plotline is thematically compelling, and the character-driven narratives thrive in its context, including Simon's narration of his post-traumatic healing and the development of winsome secondary characters.
--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

*Without detracting from Simon's uplifting emotional arc about making peace with his past and looking toward a brighter future with friends, Bow imbues this sincere story with levity by employing madcap plot points, including several animal-centered shenanigans featuring squirrels, dogs, and emus.
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

With an abundance of humor, vibrant characters, and a gentle approach to hard truths, Simon Sort of Says strikes a perfect balance of fun and meaning. A remarkable achievement.
--Ali Benjamin, New York Times best-selling and National Book Award-nominated author of THE THING ABOU