All the Answers

All the Answers

eBook - 2015
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What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear.With the help of her friend Sophie, Ava figures out that the pencil will answer factual questions only—those with definite right or wrong answers—but won't predict the future. Ava and Sophie discover all kinds of uses for the pencil, and Ava's confidence grows with each answer. But it's getting shorter with every sharpening, and when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava's family, she realizes that sometimes the bravest people are the ones who live without all the answers...
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781619633759

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tem453
May 03, 2017

With any other main character, this would have just been a light-hearted story about a girl who finds a magic, question-answering pencil and the hilarity that ensues. However, because Ava has such severe anxiety problems, we get drawn into the question of whether the pencil is calming or feeding that anxiety.

The themes only continue to mature as the book goes on, with Ava having to come to terms with her own weaknesses in order to confront some very heavy problems, discovering more and more about her grandfather's life and exploring themes of love, loss, and forgiveness. The dramatic moments, though, are offset with the humor and warmth of Ava's family (who are so well-characterized that I feel like I know them in real life), leading to a very satisfying read.

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kaspr008
Jul 27, 2016

Great light hearted book!
It may seem cheesy at first, but the end is really great. I wont spoil it, but the pencil is more special than u think

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BUNBUN1978
Jun 26, 2015

great book! it is about a girl named Ava who finds a magic pencil. the pencil can answer question for her such as the correct answers on her math quiz or what boy likes her best friend. But the pencil also can tell her things she may not want to know. I enjoyed this I thought it was just going to be a whimsical little book about magic but it gets in some important family issues.

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Jul 27, 2016

kaspr008 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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selenium_polecat_1 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 8

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