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$16.99  $15.80
Shadow Mountain
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Chad Morris grew up wanting to become a professional basketball player or a rock star. Neither of those plans quite panned out, so he wrote and performed sketch comedy while going to college. Now he's a teacher and a writer.

Shelly Brown loves to write books for children. In her spare time, she enjoys the theater and traveling. In addition to her five children, she has three chickens and sixty-four Pez dispensers.

Their previous book is Mustaches for Maddie.


"Pulls off the seemingly impossible; it is an empathy-building novel with a message that's fun to read. Flint is a sharply observant narrator. He is self-deprecatingly humorous rather than self-pitying, and he easily embodies the secret freakishness that many teens feel. Despite the book's dual medical issues, this is not a "sick kid" book...it sends a strong message about making the most of what you have. The writing is perfectly tuned, trusting its audience enough not to hammer at its main themes. With its sophisticated themes and thoroughly likable main character, Squint takes on a lot and delivers beyond expectations."-- "Foreword Reviews" (8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM)
Flint and McKell are sympathetic protagonists with relatable concerns and issues. The challenges of middle school are leavened with humor through the 'Middle School Rules' sprinkled throughout the story. A moving story about friendship, loss, and seeing life from other people's point of view. Recommended."-- "School Library Journal" (10/4/2018 12:00:00 AM)
2019 nominee for grades 3-5-- "Ohio Buckeye Children's Book Award" (4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Tale of loss and redemption...Likely to find an appreciative audience among young teens."-- "Kirkus" (8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
"This is the perfect read for the middle grader who is struggling to figure his/her place out in the social department of life. The book does a really good job of helping one to see that everyone's lives are not as perfect as they may appear on the outside. It also illustrates that the perspective you choose to see people may be just that - your perspective and there may be an alternate perspective to the situation. The take away point of the book is: " ... a person could be different, look different, have struggles, make mistakes, and still have so much to offer."
-- "Compass Book Ratings" (8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM)
2020-2021 Nominee in grades 4-6 category-- "Missouri Mark Twain Award" (4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM)
nominee 2021-- "Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award" (4/12/2019 12:00:00 AM)