Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

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After her parents find clashing answers to life's big questions, it's time for Octavia to make some choices of her own in this poignant, funny, thought-provoking novel. (Ages 9-12)

Octavia's best friend, Andrew, wants to know why time runs forward instead of backward, or if it's possible to talk to an alien jellyfish. Octavia has much bigger questions on her mind: Why do bad things happen, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11? What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? Octavia's artist father, Boone, is convinced that Henry David Thoreau holds the key. Meanwhile, her mother, Ray, has always been seeking the larger meaning of life--until now. Not only have Octavia's parents come up with different answers to the big questions, but their answers are threatening to tear her family apart. Could it be that some questions are too big to have just one answer? Could it be that the universe is far wider than Octavia's--or perhaps anyone's--views of it?
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780763644918
Branch Call Number: J RUP

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BPLNextBestKids Jan 10, 2012

Octavia has many questions as she searches for the big question. Why do bad things happen, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11, or what is the meaning of life, or is there a God? Octavia is also obsessed with the letter “O”. It is her favourite letter as she finds it cool and smooth. She likes to summarize her day with words beginning with “O”. As Octavia is trying to answer these big questions, she realizes her mom, Ray is searching too. As the book progresses, Octavia’s questions turn more too questioning religion while her mom joins a religious group and takes Octavia with her. Octavia, a non-believer struggles with this group and what is happening to her family. This book has a bit of religious content that may offend some.
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