The Great Googlini

  • Illustrated By: Charlene Chua
  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Echoes
  • Themes:children coping with cancer, children using Google, immigrant family, finding community, family illness
  • Available:10/02/2018
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 6-8
  • Lexile:590L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:T
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Filip, the ten-year-old son of Croatian immigrants, lives in a boring suburb of the big city, where he passes his time either at school or in his cozy kitchen, googling everything from dinosaurs to the Hubble Space Telescope.

When his favorite uncle gets sick, Filip turns to Google for answers. Instead he receives a visit from the Great Googlini, a tiny woman in Converse sneakers who swirls out of the computer vents. She's not really a genie, she explains: "I'm more of an archivist." Her visit is a little bit of magic that lets Filip see the magic all around him. Ultimately about the things we can know and the things we can't, this is a smart, touching, funny chapter book about growing up, braving tough times and looking for answers.

★ "Cassidy has crafted a thoughtful glimpse into the life of an immigrant family…Chua's spot art…gives some visual depth to various scenes, and helps nascent chapter-book readers with comprehension and pacing. For fans of Google, trivia, and family strength."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A thoughtful, touching story that moves at a good pace, could help children dealing with a seriously ill friend or family member, and it includes many interesting facts for everyone. Highly Recommended."

– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Chocolate Lily Book Awards - Chapter Books / Early Novels   | 2019  |  Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2019  |  Commended