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As Brave as You (Prebound)

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"A fish out of water visiting his Grandpop's rural home, not even able to Google his growing list of questions (400 and counting), Genie slowly discovers life can't be navigated by search engine alone. By turns poignant and funny, this intergenerational story offers beautifully complex characters to get to know. "

— Meghan G.

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When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires literally in this pitch-perfect contemporary novel (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) by the winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award.
Genie's summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia in the COUNTRY The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck, Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he hides it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).
How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he's ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into a room so full of songbirds and plants that it's almost as if it's been pulled inside-out he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.
Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It's his fourteenth birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie's reluctance, Genie is left to wonder is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won t do?
Product Details
ISBN: 9780606399302
ISBN-10: 0606399305
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Pages: 432
Language: English