Alyson Gerber

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

Braced received three starred reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been nominated for state book awards and reading lists in Oklahoma, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Dakota, and Georgia.

Alyson’s new middle grade novel Focused, about a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD, is a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2019 and a Today Show Best Kids’ Books of 2019. Focused is also a Junior Library Guild Selection and has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association’s Booklist.

Alyson is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in
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Average rating: 4.22 · 2,199 ratings · 454 reviews · 2 distinct worksSimilar authors
Braced

4.22 avg rating — 1,433 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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Focused

4.22 avg rating — 766 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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Focused by Alyson Gerber
"Loved this book! If you know anyone with ADHD this book is a must. And if they don't have ADHD they need to read this to understand that not everyone functions the same way. It will make them more empathetic towards others. This book was powerful. It" Read more of this review »
Alyson Gerber and 5 other people liked Samantha (WLABB)'s review of Focused:
Focused by Alyson Gerber
"Rating: 4.5 Stars

Clea felt like she was failing at EVERYTHING! She was messing up her class assignments, hurting her friends and family - she just couldn't seem to do anything right. After a string of poor grades, her parents had Clea tested and disc" Read more of this review »
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Focused by Alyson Gerber
"This book is intense in the very best way. From page one, I was RIGHT THERE with Clea, who is trying SO hard to keep up with her school work and be the kind of friend and sister she wants to be. Clea finds out partway into the book that she has ADHD," Read more of this review »
Focused by Alyson Gerber
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You Are Enough by Jen Petro-Roy
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Dog Days in the City by Jodi Kendall
Dog Days in the City
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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!
More of Alyson's books…
“I guess change is pretty scary. Even if it's the good kind.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced

“I guess when you don't have another choice, you have to make things happen for yourself, or they won't.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced

“Before bed, I make a new playlist. It’s a mix of anthems and fight songs that remind me there’s nowhere to go but up.”
Alyson Gerber, Braced

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