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The Notations of Cooper Cameron by Jane O’Reilly (MFAC '09)

Published by Carolrhoda Books 
Publication date: October 1, 2017 
Middle Grade Fiction 
320 pages 
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About the Book

Eleven-year-old Cooper Cameron likes things to be in order. When he eats, he chews every bite three times on each side. Sometimes he washes his hands in the air with invisible water. He invented these rituals after the death of his beloved grandfather to protect others he loves from terrible harm. 

But when Cooper's strange behavior drives a wedge between his parents, and his relationship with his older sister, Caddie, begins to fray, his mother's only solution is to take Cooper and Caddie to the family cabin for the summer. 

Armed with a collection of rocks, his pet frog, and his notebook, Cooper vows to cure himself and bring his damaged family back together. 

Critical Praise

 "Cooper Cameron is a unique and unforgettable character, a boy who sees the beauty in bugs and the heroism in frogs." --Kurtis Scaletta, author of Mudville and Rooting for Rafael Rosales

 "[A] nuanced and empowering narrative that uplifts rather than undermines Cooper's unique perspective on his world. . . . Intricate, meticulous, unforgettable." --starred, KIRKUS Reviews

"An unforgettable, much-needed story; a strong purchase for all collections." --starred, School Library Journal 


Publication Party 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm 
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