Nothing is Little by Carmella Van Vleet


Nothing is Little by Carmella Van Vleet, Holiday House, 2022. 9780823450114 

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4.5

Format: Hardcover

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

What did you like about the book? At age 12, Felis is short, short enough to be considered much younger than he really is. He has the condition known as Growth Hormone Deficiency.  It has never bothered him, he likes his uniqueness, celebrating it with t-shirts that emphasize it rather than detract from it.  But his mother has taken him to a specialist who prescribes injections that will stimulate growth. Now in sixth grade, he joins an after-school club that explores Forensic analysis. It is fascinating.  He is part of a team composed of four persons who solve mysteries.  But Felix, who lives with his pregnant Mom and his stepfather Paul, as of two years ago, constantly wonders about his biological father whom his mom will not discuss. Felix is determined to locate his biological father no matter what it takes.  Felix is a fully-developed, relatable character with whom it is easy to relate.  Supporting characters like his Mom, stepfather and friends are also fully-fleshed out.

All characters present as white.

Anything you did not like about the book? No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers looking for a more complex entry in their field of reading will be drawn to Felix as he endeavors to find out just who he is.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? J Fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Definitely worth a read so near the top.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  September 30, 2022

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