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All the Answers

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  3,097 ratings  ·  504 reviews
What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear.

With the help of her friend Sophie, Av
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Rita There aren't any pictures in the book so the only thing that would be illustrated is the cover and I think it would be designed by her publisher.…moreThere aren't any pictures in the book so the only thing that would be illustrated is the cover and I think it would be designed by her publisher. Bloomsbury. (less)
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Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!
This was really cute book for middle school level. I really enjoyed reading it. I loved how it was written and everything. I can so related to Ava when she gets worried and nervous about test even though she study's every night. I totally the same way. One thing about this book is that I wish there was actual pencil that would tell you all the answers to anything you asked it. I want one like Ava's so bad. I am really jealous!
Brandy Painter
4.5 stars

Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

Whether or not I would read All the Answers wasn't even up for debate. It's a new Kate Messner MG and those are always a popular commodity among the kids I work with. I always enjoy them myself too.

Ava has a math test and needs a pencil. Grabbing one old blue one from a junk drawer, she is on her way and can focus on worrying about how she always forgets what she needs when taking a test no matter how much she studies. But a stra
Niki (Daydream Reader)
I could not put this book down! I loved the main character and think this book would make a great read aloud for middle grade students! My favorite Kate Messner book so far!
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can never resist middle grade fiction with hints of magical realism, so Kate Messner's All The Answers has totally been on my must-read list for awhile now.

Ava is a young girl who often thinks about the worst-case scenarios in life. She worries about her parents divorcing; she's too scared to try out for jazz band or the track team, and is often too anxious to concentrate while taking math tests. But a chance discovery of a magical pencil with all the answers, soon changes her world.

Now that
Ms. Yingling
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
Really loved this book. As soon as I finished, I wanted to start it over from the beginning again!
Kelly Hager
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When I started reading this, I loved the idea of having a magic pencil that could answer every question you have. (And when I say "loved," I mean "desperately wanted one for myself.") And then the more I read, the more I saw that it was a double-edged sword.

The pencil obviously couldn't last forever, and the answers all seem to lead to more questions. (Also, there are some things the pencil can't answer---you can't know about the future, for example, because people have free will.)

It doesn't ta
Suad Shamma
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2016
This was a very decent read. It is targeted towards preteen or middle grade readers, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Messner succeeded in creating a very simple story with quite a poignant message, so it does appeal to many readers.

It begins with Ava Anderson, who is hurriedly rushing to school, slightly panicking about her Maths test and looking for a pencil or she won't be allowed to take the test. She finds one at random in a drawer filled with junk, and goes to school with it. She soon discov
Carol Royce Owen
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Kate Messner's - hooked first on Sugar and Ice, when Vermont chose it as a Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award nominee, I then latched into the Silver Jaguar Societies series, Eye of the Storm, the Marty McGuire series, Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z, Wake Up Missing and then her wonderful picture books. I am a K-6 teacher, and Kate Messner's books fill so many needs in the classrooms I work with. Without fail, students come back to me after reading one of her books with the request, "Do ...more
Soraya Laboy
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is NOT your typical fantasy. Great writing and characters- sweet, sad, funny.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

In her haste one morning, Ava grabs a pencil from the kitchen drawer. During her math test, Ava realizes that the pencil can tell her answers to the questions she’s writing down. Obviously this is the sort of thing to tell a best friend, and soon Ava and Sophie are testing the pencil’s knowledge. They move on from homework questions to whether a boy likes a girl, information about their teachers, and questions about the future (which the pencil refuses to answer)
The Styling Librarian
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
All the Answers by Kate Messner – Fourth grade and Up- Realistic Fiction/Fantasy- Released in January 2015- This book hit a little too close to home. I loved reading every minute but the main character who is so fixated on worrying that life is passing her by is quite the powerful one to read about. I was quite touched by this story. It was interesting to read the ethical dilemma of a girl who realizes that a pencil is telling her answers to test questions and answering other questions as well. ...more
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When it's the first day of a new year, many take time to reflect back on the past 365 days while looking ahead. Situations are assessed wondering what else might have been said or done. Two words, if only, sometimes creep into our thinking. We wonder if only we would have known then what we know now.

Let us suppose for just a minute we might have known then what we know now. Would this new knowledge have changed anything? Would it have altered moments or events for the greater good? Kate Messner
Maureen Forys
Sep 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Books about pencils inhabited by spirits are truly not for me.

Also, just noticing that almost every YA book I read with a white, female protagonist who struggles with her self esteem is described as skinny in a negative way. Like, oh no. She gets bullied because she's thin. Isn't that... Kind of the western standard of beauty? I think I might be bringing my bitterness from growing up obese too much into this observation, but I just don't understand why even in books we are implying that girls wh
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely phenomenal! I could so relate to Ava, being the worrywart I am. This book sucks you in from the very beginning and doesn't let you go. One of those rare books that holds on long after you have finished reading.
Kathryn Bell
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was incredible! The final chapters had me sobbing in my seat. The anxiety themed plot and characters really digs deep and finds the inner panic within you. I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages, including adults, but warning, it's a tear-jerker!
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, having all the answers only gives you more questions…
Michele Knott
Wow. This book had me reeling a few times. This is a do not miss!
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked All The Answers because the book makes you feel like youre in the characters shoes. It was very heart warming and both sad and happy at the same time. When Ava hears all the answers that the pencil tells her, all the sad things that make Ava worry. You can make connections with all Avas problems in the story like breast cancer, dying, and math quizs. Thats why this book is definitely one of my favorites!:) ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
Great book! Middle school girls will like this. There's the typical middle school drama, but it also deals with some difficult topics-anxiety, divorce, watching a grandparent slipping away, fitting in, cancer.
Becky Lowe-Weyand
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been reading all the 2018 Golden Sower young adult book award nominees with my son and this was my favorite so far! Such a charming and magical coming of age story. I was so pleased with the arc of the protagonist. The end actually gave me goose bumps. That doesn’t happen often!
Oct 29, 2018 added it
Id u like fantasy it's very good
゚・*:.。. .。.:*・゜゚・*Anna*・゜゚・*:.。..。.:*・゜
Awesome book, definatly deserves my approval.
Joy Lane
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, introspection
AR 4.6 and 8 pts... 4th and 5th graders will love it
Barb Middleton
Ah, the joys of wish-fulfillment. Remember Rita Skeeter's Quick-Quotes Quill that magically wrote when she interviewed subjects from the Harry Potter series? Most of the stories were sensational but one time it was accurate (sort of). I really want a magical pen that will write for me. Just think, papers or book reviews appear with no mistakes. No drafts. No bad-writing days. Now I'm going to add Kate Messner's magical pencil to my wish list. Imagine having a pencil that answered all your questi ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Tenzin Pema
Dec 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Prompt #10
The book All the Answers by Kate Messner is about a girl named Ava Anderson and the journey she has with this special pencil she finds. She needed a pencil for her homework so she found one in a drawer. It looked like a normal pencil, but it wasn’t one. When she wrote a question down on a piece of paper, she heard a voice, loud and clear, that told her the answer. She looked around her room but no one was there. She wrote questions down again and again and she heard the voice again an
Ava finds a pencil in the family junk drawer which ends up having magical capabilities. She finds out by mistake one day when taking a test and soon finds that with a carefully worded question she can seemingly get all the answers and then some regarding just about anything, anybody, and anywhere.

Being a worrywort by nature, over time the pencil causes Ava more headaches than anything, especially when her best friend becomes upset with her when the boy she's crushing on begins dating another gir
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book about random magic fairies, dark witches, sparkly godmothers- no, wrong, wrong, WRONG. Actually, although it is Fantasy, it is nothing of that sort. Instead, it's about a magic pencil. ...Yeah let's get started...

Ava, a normal girl, rummages through her house for a pencil because she was going to school and she had a pop quiz. Then, she found a blue pencil, "seems normal," she thought. But of course, no. (LIKE WHAT ALWAYS HAPPENS ON BOOKS) When she ever writes down a question, the penci
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I kind of don't understand why it's not getting more buzz. I was a "What if" girl when I was young--well, I guess the "What if" never leaves oneself, but I am less of a "What if" person today than I was as a girl. The book's title, All the Answers, starts off as the pencil having all the answers, but then the title, "All the Answers" becomes more deeper than that. I really like how Ava used the pencil not just to find out her own selfish curiosities, but learn about oth ...more
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Kate Messner is an award-winning author, TED 2012 speaker, and former middle school English teacher. Her books for kids include THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z.,SUGAR AND ICE, and EYE OF THE STORM (Walker/Bloomsbury Dec. 2010) the MARTY MCGUIRE series (Scholastic), SEA MONSTER'S FIRST DAY, and OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW (Chronicle, Books). Kate also wrote SPITFIRE and CHAMPLAIN AND THE SILENT ONE, bot ...more
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand. —Einstein” 7 likes
“[I]n spite of her work as a reference librarian, she discovered that life isn't about knowing all the answers. The best we can do is make peace with our questions, learn who we are, know our strengths, and do the best we can with the gifts we've been given while we're here.” 5 likes
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