The Year I was Grounded

  • Pages:104
  • Publisher:Tradewind Books
  • Available:04/01/2009
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+

Geordie likes baseball, crunching carrots, playing the trumpet in the school band and anything to do with water. Not quite telling the truth earns: "You're grounded!" Over the year that follows, the world's truths turn out to be more interesting than Geordie ever imagined. Some discoveries are comic, some are exciting, some upsetting, some sad. And some are puzzling. Consisting of word puzzles, a series of poems and a diary, this book will delight young readers and teenagers alike.

"The whole book is pulled together with fun design and typesetting tricks used to enhance the personal journal motif...the effect is delightful – at once playful and believable...While its brevity and visual appeal make The Year I Was Grounded a good choice for reluctant or struggling readers, the subject matter and language are by no means in the 'light reading' category. This is capital L Literature, make no mistake!... Highly Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"This book will appeal to kids who love word play, and would be a great read-aloud for parents or teachers to share with young readers."
– Resource Links
"This funny and poignant work is a delight for casual reading and would make an excellent book for classroom study. Because of its use of a variety of literary techniques and its imaginative page layout, it would be particularly appealing to reluctant readers."
– Canadian Children's Book News
"The typesetting and design are of particular note; in many poems the words become the art…Give this to fans of other narrative poetry collections."
– Booklist
"A pleasing command of rhythm and imagery."
– School Library Journal
“This is a very gentle book, an easy read for young readers.”
– Bookmark
The Chocolate Lily Award   | 2010  |  Short-listed
The Lion and the Unicorn - Honor Book   | 2009  |  Commended