Alyson Gerber

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Alyson wore a back brace for scoliosis from the age of eleven to thirteen, an experience that led directly to her debut novel BRACED.

BRACED received three starred reviews and a Junior Library Guild Selection. It has been nominated for the 2019 Oklahoma Library Association’s Sequoyah Book Award, the 2019 Indiana Library Library Federation’s Young Hoosier Book Award, and the 2019 New Hampshire Library Association’s Isinglass Teen Read Award.

Alyson’s new middle grade novel FOCUSED, about a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD, will be in stores on March 26, 2019! FOCUSED received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and a Junior Library Library Guild Selection.

Alyson is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in Writing for Children

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4.26 avg rating — 851 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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Focused by Alyson Gerber
"If you are a middle school teacher, you will want this book for your classroom library. FOCUSED, by Alyson Gerber, is an important and engaging middle grade novel that addresses what it’s like to have ADHD. The story is told from the perspective o..." Read more of this review »
Focused by Alyson Gerber
"Thank you to Alyson Gerber for sharing a review copy of Focused with Collabookation.
Clea is falling behind in all of her classes, and it isn't for lack of trying. She finds herself constantly playing catchup, but when she sits down to work, she p..." Read more of this review »
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Focused by Alyson Gerber
"Note: I received an ARC of Focused via a book sharing group in exchange for my honest review.

Clea is a middle grade student who has a passion for chess but is struggling with her school life. No matter how hard she tries she cant seem to complete..." Read more of this review »
Focused by Alyson Gerber
"WOW is what I thought of this book. Never have I ever read a book that helps me “feel,” emotionally, what ADHD does to a child. The frustration, the anxiety, and the insecurity. I could hear the voices of my students who struggle with ADHD. Not on..." Read more of this review »
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This book is so special! It’s especially perfect for kids who love and connect with animals! Josie, her big family, and crew of friends from the three stoops really shine in this smart, fun sequel!
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“I guess change is pretty scary. Even if it's the good kind.”
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