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My Brother's Shadow

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  348 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Fans of David Almond’s Skellig and Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls will embrace this deeply affecting middle grade novel in which a girl suffering from terrible grief befriends a mysterious wild boy.

When I saw him that first time I screamed—a small and silent scream, all inside, in my gut. Eleven-year-old Kaia, who has felt isolated since her older brother committed suicide
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Schwartz & Wade (first published January 2nd 2014)
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Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kaia is frozen in time since her brother's death. She moves through life in a static emptiness. Her mum is barely there too. Until the day a new boy comes to school. He's wild and untamed, he's a good listener and doesn't care what the other kids think. And he's the friend Kaia needs.

Well written, My Brother's Shadow is a sad tale of a young girl moving through grief and isolation after a traumatic event in her life. Kaia is so well drawn, she is almost sitting next to you, telling you her story
Terry Costantini
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have reread this book to my intermediate students and I realized on my second read, that this book is much deeper and enjoyable than I had originally thought. The main character Kaia has an outstanding voice, and is the author of this work. It reads like her personal journal describing her feeling towards the loss of her brother. Her unique take on the world, along with the metaphors she uses to describe her feelings, are profound and well used.
This book is special, and takes very little time
Andrea Athos
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Selten hat mich ein so dünnes Büchlein so mitgenommen und berührt. Unbedingt lesen! ❤
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Schneide tief in einen Baum, und beim Wachsen wächst seine Narbe mit. Sie heilt nicht. Sie verschwindet nicht. Sie wird groß wie der Baum." (Seite 48)

Es gibt Bücher, viel zu viele Bücher, die viel weniger Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt bekommen als sie verdient haben. Man wird ihnen nicht gerecht, denn sie gehen in der Masse unter. Dieses kleine Büchlein mit gerade einmal 150 Seiten gehört dazu. Es bekommt viel zu wenig Aufmerksamkeit und zumindest ein kleines bisschen möchte ich das ändern.
Denn ich
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I personally enjoyed this book, I liked it because it has voice. Of course there are many other reasons why I like this book, but voice is one of the strongest. It doesn't sound like a male author, it sounds like the main character, who happens to be a little girl. The book has quite a few parts in which sensitive people might have to watch out for. The girl, Kaia, has a unique feel to her. The way this is written, makes her seem almost real. She has a distinct personality, in which most childre ...more
Alex H
Dec 05, 2017 added it
This book was really interesting. The voice was amazing, I thought that it really was a young girl speaking about her life. I thought the story was a bit thin, and could have used a little more detail. the ending was very satisfying. The end will make you swell up with tears, I promise. It was well thought and made my teacher cry as he read it. Kaia is an excellent character and I thought that all this was real. The book makes you really think about what is happening, doesn't it? One wish I have ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book a lot, but I didn't like how the ending ended. It should have ended more happily because most of the book has more sad parts then happy, and I prefer the more happy books. I mean, it's good to have some sad parts, but not a lot.
I also liked how the author voiced the book, it really suited a kid`s life like Kaia`s.
Out of the beginning, middle and end, my favourite was the middle because that's when things started to come together, and not stay the same. Things also started g
Dighlan B
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book.
It isn't a book I would typically read, but it was definitely nice to try something new. I really liked how some people could relate to the main character, Kaia, in this book. Frozen in her own personal memories, and reminding everyone how slow and difficult the thawing process is. I found there were very few chapters in the book where something wasn't happening, and it can definitely make you feel some emotions.
Though I didn't love it, I definitely enjoyed it and I
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I didn't expect to read this book and like it. This normally isn't the type of book I read the voice in the book was really good. The story was interesting in the way it showed the world kaia lived. There are a few things that I personally didn't like. The ending wasn't satisfying to me. I wished that it had more closure to the story. Something else I liked about the story was the characters. With the characters I could tell what their personalities are like. Overall I only liked this book
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book was great. Being in the perspective of a young girl, Kaia, who is going through problems in her life, at home, and at school. The one thing that I didn't really like was that the ending was dull, and some things that happened throughout the book never came to an end. The ending also happened suddenly, I find that it wasn't at a good time. But, it is still a good read.
Abi Elphinstone
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At last Moontrug feels it’s time to write about Tom Avery’s book, My Brother’s Shadow. She’s put it off for a while now – not because it was boring, not because it was badly written – but because she was so profoundly moved by it that she had to spend a few weeks just thinking about its strange, subtle magic. Because that’s the way it is with some books. They strike a cord somewhere deep inside you and you spend weeks after mesmerised by that magic. And that’s how it was with My Brother’s Shadow ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
2.5 stars

To put it simply, this book just didn’t quite work for me. I can see how others will see beauty in it, but it left me not necessarily confused, but curious. Honestly, I’ve been hanging onto this review for a couple of weeks, attempting to pull some sort of thoughts together that won’t include spoilers.

Kaia is battling severe grief at the loss of her brother. Her mother is battling her own depression, so she’s been no help through the journey. One day Kaia meets a “wild boy”, and things
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
11 year old Kaia deals with the loss of her brother, who she found after he committed suicide. This book does an amazing job of showing the grieving process without being too emotionally dense or graphic. The journal-style of the book also makes this a great hi-lo read, especially for those readers looking for a more sensitive topic.
Garnett Pugh
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than five stars, I would do so. Though this book was written for middle schoolers, both teens and adults (I'm 78) can embrace this very moving story of how eleven year old Kaia , who was dealt an immense loss in her young life, got through the grieving process.
Elizabeth Beverley
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, it was beautifully written and you felt like you actually went on the emotional journey with Kaia.
Ayşenur Mutluel
Nov 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
“We should be allowed to stare at everybody. We should be made to stare at everybody. All these incredible people and we’re not allowed to stare. It’s madness.”

Sanırım artık çocuk kitapları okumaya çok az ara vereceğim. Sanki şu koskoca dünyada koskoca hayal dünyanızın içinde başka konu yok aynı şeyi yazıp duruyorsunuz. YA türlerinde –özellikle çocuk kitabı kısmına girenlerde- kaybedilen birinin arkasından yazılan bir konu var. Bu konu da 3 adıma ayrılıyor.

Birinci adım; herkesten nefret etme,
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Worum geht's?*
Kaia ist erstarrt. Seit ihr Bruder gestorben ist, ist sie festgefroren. Festgefroren in der Vergangenheit, die sie niemals vergessen wird. Weder ihre Freunde noch ihre Mutter, die ihre eigenen Sorgen durch Alkohol zu verdrängen versucht, können Kaia helfen. Aber dann kommt plötzlich ein wilder Junge an Kaias Schule. Er redet nicht, ist durch und durch unbezähmbar und niemand weiß, woher er kommt – und doch ist er der Einzige, der Kaia zu verstehen scheinen. Durch ihn löst sich Kai
Logan S
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this book was spectacular. Even though I personally would not of picked this for myself I felt like I noticed some things that I would not of realized without reading this book. What I realized is that you can't take things for granted because you never know when you will lose them. This book demonstrated a way on how to grasp the reader into thinking it's a real life situation, which is pretty cool in my opinion. My brother's shadow also showed me that there's a million ways to heal thr ...more
Thea Armenti
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This was quite a compelling book to read, and I really enjoyed it. I love the fact that the author touched on serious topics like suicide and alcoholism since you don't really see that a lot. Kaia's character was extremely interesting. Throughout the book we got to know more about her, and her past. Some parts of the book really pulled at the heartstrings, and that made me feel very attached to her, in a way. The book was very humorous at points which made it feel more fun, and upbeat compared ...more
Daniela Retamales Aguilar
Me recordó mucho a Un Monstruo viene a verme. O sea, me encantó. Este libro expresa muy bien lo que sentí cuando alguien a quien amaba mucho se fue, y por eso me encantaría poder decirle al autor a través de este reseña lo mucho que se lo agradezco, porque me hizo sentir por unos minutos comprendida.
Lloré con esta historia, mucho. No profundiza mucho en los personajes, a excepción de la protagonista, claro. También deja muchas cosas inconclusas o abiertas para que el lector las interprete a su m
Jordyn P.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
After all I liked this book. When you were reading it felt like a girl in school wrote it not a man. The story leaves you with constant thoughts throughout the story, it leaves you wondering more about the girl's life. Even the name of the main character is interesting, Kaia. I really enjoyed this book, but there were some things I disliked. One of them being the style of writing, this book is kinda like a huge poem. Another thing is the ending. The ending didn't really explain the story, it did ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the start of the book I didn't like it, but when it got to the middle I started to love it. I thought this book was absolutely amazing and I really enjoyed reading the book. I also love how much all the characters in this book eventually brought the story from a more depressing mood to a really joyful mood. Although, I wasn't very satisfied with the end, I think that Tom Avery could have carried on the book a few more chapters. This book had great Figurative language usage and some amazing me ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Aidan Copeland
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was something I would never have picked up on my own. It just wouldn't catch on like the spectacular book it truly is. This book is written by a guy yet it perfectly fits what a little girl frozen would think. This book is a great quick read and does a great job at making you emphasize with the characters. It makes you believe some are jerks, and others are magnificent beings. This book teaches you to appreciate. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a quick, embracing, and short play ...more
Tiffani Reads
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Why are more people not talking about this book!

So I don’t read much middle grade, but this book seems like it needs more recognition. It deals with such difficult topics and does it in such a way that even as an adult I appreciated this book. I have never seen a middle grade book that talked about death, suicide, grief and loss with such care and so brilliantly before. More people need to read this book, and most importantly, more people need to know about this book!
Noah Chester
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a very interesting book. This book was written a very different way then most books I read. This book had a slow starting but half way through I started enjoying it. The ending didn't satisfy me but was very interesting and made my heart warm. Like I said this book was written in a different way than i'm used to but still made me enjoy it. If you like stories that make you feel many different ways I strongly recommend it.
Mortisha Cassavetes
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Kaia walked in to find her brother had killed himself. This book is about how she became frozen in time and how she dealt with her discovery. As I was reading this story, I felt as though I was in her mind and how she had to repeat things to herself and fight through the fogginess to press forward. A wonderful book about dealing with grief and working through the many emotions that affect everyone. I would definitely recommend this book.
Hunter H
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it it was great but not the best. it was deep and I loved the voice that the author used, but the one thing that I did not like about this book is it's really repetitive i swear it says "i'm frozen" like 100000000 times. lol i felt like it could have had a better ending to it, but it was not a bad book i liked it.
Ethan Noyes
Jan 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This book has a fantastic voice. It's written very well, and I did like this book. The events that took place in this book didn't appeal to me. I didn't attach myself to any of the characters, because I never felt too emotionally attach to a character. The book is also very short. If you're looking for a quick book with fantastic voice to read. I would easily recommend My Brother's Shadow.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think this book was interesting.
The reason why this book was interesting was the ending was pretty good to end that book,
because of the story development, Kaia was gloomy, because her brother died, but she overcome that by friends. Last sentence was at first part of the book, so that is related to first . That good too.
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