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The Size of the Truth eBook ↠ Sam Abernathy Read î Andrew Smith Û A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytellingWhOr three days where he was teased by a smart aleck armadillo named Bartleby Since then his parents plan every move he makesBut Sam doesn’t like their plans He doesn’t want to go to MIT And he doesn’t want to skip two grades being stuck in the eighth grade as an eleven year old with James Jenkins the boy he Make no mistake The Size of the Truth is a bizarre novel as per usual for Andrew Smith Certain phrases are repeated ad nauseam it's difficult to tell whether the story ultimately makes sense and the characters are a mix of neurotic personalities and hackneyed stereotypes The fact that this is a middle grade rather than YA novel though restrains Andrew Smith's wilder impulses; he avoids gratuitous grossness and nasty language and the story promotes real values Eleven year old Sam Abernathy has uite a history in his hometown of Blue Creek Texas At age four he fell down an abandoned well and it took three days for massive machines to dig him out As the drama unfolded Sam's notoriety spread across the state and crowds gathered in hopes of seeing him emerge alive from the well In the years afterward Sam realized he'll always be thought of in Blue Creek as that hapless kid but his memory of those three days in subterranean darkness has always been fuzzyuntil now An unusually bright student Sam is already starting eighth grade at age eleven His parents—especially his father—imagine him excelling in mathematics and science entering a lucrative career in technology but Sam loves to bake preferring culinary experimentation over computer science Sam knows his father disapproves but Sam has a bigger problem James Jenkins a giant of a kid that Sam suspects is a murderer in waiting James was indirectly responsible for Sam plunging down the well seven years ago and he suspects James would finish him off if given the opportunity As though eighth grade weren't stressful enough without having to worry about James I think middle school is the time in life when you first start to develop the grown up habit of pretending everything's fine when it really is not — The Size of the Truth P 18 People need kindness as much as they need food to eat Maybe —Bartleby The Size of the Truth P 228 There's a lot of small town politics for Sam to navigate James's father Kenny is a local restauranteur and critic who knows little about fine cuisine That doesn't stop him from writing scathing reviews of every eatery in town including a few dishes cooked up by Sam for the business the Abernathys own Lily Putt's Indoor Outdoor Miniature Golf Course For the Blue Creek Days festival this year Kenny Jenkins is sponsoring a Macaroni and Cheese Cook Off and Sam wants to enter and establish his reputation so he can attend culinary school But is he willing to ignore the hurt in his father's eyes when Sam rejects a career in technology As Sam contemplates the problem an incident occurs that brings back a rush of memories from the days he spent stuck in the well memories of an adventure with a talking armadillo named Bartleby Did an armadillo claiming to be a unicorn actually lead Sam through a labyrinth of dirt tunnels bumping into all manner of curiosities far underground Or was Bartleby a coping mechanism in Sam's brain buying time for the grownups to dig him out before claustrophobia shattered his psyche These uestions still linger by book's end but Sam has new clarity about what he wants from life including insight into the James Jenkins he never knew Maybe he and the murderer are just two boys desperate to please their fathers yet also wanting happiness for themselves In the end the person responsible for how your story turns out is you If you can cut through the psychedelic strangeness The Si

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A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytellingWhen he was four years old Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well f One of the great advantages of being a long time bookseller is that sometimes you get really early peeks at books you're looking forward to The downside is that you can't really talk about them except to say Yup I read that This is one of thoseEDIT 07302018Official ARCs are out in the world so I can actually talk about this a bit now And I'm going to be lazy and pretty much just share whole cloth what I sent to Andrew Smith and the good folks at Simon Schuster after I'd read itMiddle Grade is not my jam I read it and enjoy a lot of it but the kids always seem too old like fifteen or sixteen year olds or too young Admittedly I'm not around a lot of 8 12 year olds so my assessment may be off That disconnect between stated age and the age the character acts makes it hard for me to lose myself in the story But having Sam be a smart and precocious eleven allows him to be both wise beyond his years and kind of dumb especially about human interaction So kudos to Smith for writing Sam in such a way that I wasn't constantly saying to myself An 11 year old would never saydo that Not having that disconnect allowed me to just fall into #sorrynotsorry the storyI suck at transitions This is one of the bajillionty reasons I am not a writerBartleby Let's talk about Bartleby the Chekov's gun of talking armadillos Because yes as soon as he was introduced I was waiting for him to say it It's not something the target audience will get at least I hope to all that is good and kind that they are not teaching Melville in grade school but I'm just imagining a teacher reading the book aloud to a class and getting to that part and having to explain why she's laughing to confused fourth graders At first I wondered whether Bartleby was real or a figment of Sam's imagination a way to cope with his trauma and then I realized that he was real to Sam whether he was tangible in the real world and I should just go with it which allowed me to enjoy the whole Bartleby adventure as a rather twisted play on all those talking animal books Also vision uests and—being underground—the Alice books And yes in spite of the fact that Sam is trapped at the bottom of a dis used well these are my favorite parts because they are less traumatic than middle schoolAnd gods middle school is hard enough without being skipped ahead from 6th to 8th grade And not even over the summer but in the first week of school so there's no time to gird one's loins or plead one's case for staying with other kids the same age And then there are the awful survival camping trips I mean camping is bad enough outside wants to kill you gruesomely and a lot but no tent no food no water no shoes ffs I kinda hated Sam's dad for being so oblivious as to not notice that Sam was miserable on those trips Oblivious is the best option If he knew and made Sam go anyway that's like a thousand times worse But the horrible horrifying camping really serves to emphasize in bold bug bitten type the core idea of parental and societal expectations especially regarding masculinity I loved that Sam and James both had passions and pursuits that were at odds with what their fathers expected of them and even at odds with what their outer appearances led others to expect of them Sam is smart and small so science and math and computers and engineering are obviously what he should be interested in Likewise James is big and intimidating so he must love and

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The Size of the Truth Sam Abernathy #1’s sure pushed him into the well in the first place He wants to be a chef And he’s going to start by entering the first annual Blue Creek Days Colonel Jenkins Macaroni and Cheese Cook OffThat is if he can survive eighth grade and figure out the size of the truth that has slipped Sam’s memory for seven year I meanI am just completely incapable of rating an Andrew Smith book less than five stars It just can't be done By me Although I will admit that I wasn't sure how he would do with a middle grade book since his YA books seem so upper YA you know Guess what He did great with it This is Sam Abernathy's book before he ends up as Ryan Dean West's roommate and both during and after his eventful three day stay at the bottom of a well Sam's adventures in the well are appropriately weird and his adventures later on in school appropriately realistic and painful to fit right in in an Andrew Smith book You know what I mean And I love how Smith still writes with plenty of implied curse words which all come out of Sam's mouth as excuse me It totally worksAnd one thing James Jenkins Is awesome and I love him And every time Sam describes him as doing something like a murderer it made me laugh The way Smith uses repetition in his books is so good I just really like itAaaaaanyway I love how James and Sam are both opposites and parallels of each other I love that there's an ambiguity about what's real and what's imagined I love the way Sam's Dad gradually comes around a bit and hopefully stops making Sam go on those horrible survival weekends I love Karim and Bahar I love how annoying Bartleby is and how he and Sam's grandmother's famous song tie together And I love the idea of this being book #1 which implies a book #2 Okay I will admit that this is not one of my all time faves of Smith's yet but Sam is one of my all time favorite characters and I will definitely be reading this again because there are always things I've missed the first time through and depth than I realized was there at first and I'm looking forward to discovering thatBasically if you're an Andrew Smith fan and you can tolerate junior fiction and to be clear can tolerate good junior fiction and not all the stuff out there that is super dumbed down you should definitely give this a try———————————Read this out loud to my husband on the first day and half of our road trip it’s a pretty short book And it was great Again For the third time