All the Answers by Kate Messner


Ava Anderson doesn’t think the blue pencil is anything special. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math test, Ava hears the answer in her head. Soon Ava and her best friend Sophie are using the pencil and its answers to navigate the ups and downs of middle school. Having such a tool is helpful, until Ava learns there are some questions best left unanswered.

This clever story addresses the common middle school struggles in a unique way. While Ava’s journey to self-discovery has some magic involved, it will still ring true to a variety of readers. All the Answers is targeted to middle schoolers, but teaches valuable life lessons for many ages. It is especially helpful for readers who may, like Ava, worry a little too much about the future.

Recommended ages 10-13

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