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The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price

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Ever since twelve-year-old Charlie Price's mom died, he feels like his world has been split into two parts. Before included stargazing and Mathletes and Saturday scavenger hunts with his family. After means a dad who's completely checked out, comically bad dinners, and grief group that's anything but helpful. It seems like losing Mom meant losing everything else he loved, ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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Brooks Benjamin
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not too long ago, there was a post roaming around social media about the ultimately destructive qualities of "sad MG books." I've always settled myself deeply into the everyone's-entitled-to-their-own-opinion camp when it comes to fiction. And I'd hazard to say we probably all have. But this irked me and a few of my blogging friends. Totally irked. We were positively plagued with the overwhelming irksomeness at the notion that middle-grade fiction cannot and should not exist if it isn't swelling ...more
Bridget Hodder
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes, this book is a moving exploration of the aching gaps left behind by the death of a loved one, and a hope-filled embrace of life, in all its imperfect glory. It's metaphorical, and even allegorical and can be read at several levels at once--a story for adults as well as younger people (I would say going as young as age 8).

But that sounds kind of too magnificent and deep and meaningful to be fun.

People, this book is FUN. It's riveting.

It starts out all normal and everything, in a regular scho
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Monica Tesler
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an extraordinary book!

The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price is unlike anything I've ever read. It's equal parts gripping plot, fleshed out fantasy world (and real world, for that matter), and impeccable character study. Charlie is such a genuine and authentic main character with flaws and ambitions and emotions. He is an entirely believable 12 year old who tries to act grown up when situations warrant, but is still in most ways a kid. I adored the unfolding of his friendship with Elliott
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Victoria Coe
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story about a brother, a sister, and two friends who are each struggling with the loss of a close family member. Through a remarkable, magical, and emotional journey, one of them - Charlie - finds the strength to empower all of them to find hope and move forward. It's a masterfully-written story that weaves the themes of love/loss and fear/hope together with math and games, stories an
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Dee
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, magic
I had the chance to read an advance copy of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE in exchange for an honest review.

Jen Maschari's words are absolutely beautiful and have a way of drawing you in. The main characters are each dealing with the loss of a loved one, and as readers, we're able to see their struggles, emotions, and milestones along the way.

There were so many times in this book where I had to pause, read a line again, and take it all in because the lines were so powerful.

What I found
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Lee Malone
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, unsettling and heart-breakingly original, this book creates a world where the land of grief that children go to when they lose someone is a real place -- a place that can steal them away from the world, and from their future, and (most importantly) their memories, good and bad, old and yet-to-come.

After losing his best friend to this grief world Charlie almost loses his sister, too, who follows an echo of their dead mother and nearly disappears. But with the help of a very brave girl
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Kali Wallace
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had a chance to read an ARC of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE, and I absolutely loved it!

It's wonderfully tense and creepy with building action that dragged me in and didn't let up, but the whole thing is built around a truly beautiful, heart-breaking, and important story about a family's grief, about memories and loss, about children and parents and finding ways to live after the death of a loved one.

Highly recommended. It's a truly lovely book, and I think a lot of kids and famili
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Laura Shovan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't review books, but I do blog about them.

Read my post about THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE here:
http://authoramok.blogspot.com/2015/1...
S.M. Parker
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I WOULD LIKE MY HEART BACK, JENNIFER MASCHARI!
This book *deepest sigh*. This book is beyond beautiful. Debut author Maschari weaves sorrow and hope and magic in such an unexpected way as she explores the complex layers of grief. I felt hungry the entire time I was reading it. Hungry for Charlie’s journey, for more words, more pages, more everything. Maschari builds a world of characters that are strong and sweet and so deeply layered. It is zero surprise that this phenomenal debut earned a cove
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Celeste_pewter
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The BEST.

2016 is still months away, and I'm fairly confident that this is going to remain one of my favorite books of 2016.
Ruth Lehrer
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book and feel extremely privileged to have been able to read it before the rest of the world.

In the tradition of children dealing when adults can't; in the tradition of Bridge to Terabithia and middle grade books that hit you in the heart, Jennifer Mascari has created The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price. The best magic books are written in the vernacular of the ordinary. Charlie Price is a book about middle school, friends, and math class. It is a book about memory
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Lois Sepahban
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE by Jennifer Maschari to read.

THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE is a story of loss and hope--beautiful storytelling and BRAVE kids. Twelve-year-old Charlie has lost his mom to cancer and he finds himself watching as his younger sister slowly begins to slip away, too. His sister takes him to another world where Mom is still alive, but Charlie knows that something is wrong in this world. He knows that his littl
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Abby Cooper
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to get to read an advanced copy of this book, and I am eagerly waiting for it to be out in the world so it can start making the enormous difference I know it will. The characters in this debut are so genuine and relatable, and their journey is so moving. I think everyone (seriously, everyone) should read CHARLIE, but it will be especially meaningful to any kids (and adults) grieving the loss of a loved one.
Jenn Bishop
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twelve-year-old Charlie Price hasn’t yet found a way to equalize the equation after his mother’s death to cancer. He’s busy with Mathletes and he has friends at school and belongs to a grief support group, but there’s an aching hole in his life at home. Mom. When his sister Imogen starts acting a bit peculiar — weirdly reminding him a bit of how his friend Frank behaved, after his grandmother’s death and right before his own mysterious disappearance — Charlie doesn’t know what to think. But ever ...more
Sara Grochowski
If you discovered a world where those you've lost wait for you - happy and whole and ready to play board games and go on scavenger hunts and make your favorite lunch - would you go, leaving the real world and everyone in it behind? Twelve-year old Charlie Price is reeling from the recent death of his mother, which has left him angry, brokenhearted, and lost. When his younger sister discovers a portal beneath her bed, the siblings find themselves drawn to the magical place.. a place where their m ...more
Sarah Ahiers
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh man. I LOVE a story about grief. And grief abounds in this book.

I was lucky enough to read an arc of this book in return for a fair review.

Charlie Price's life is slowly starting to get to a new normal, after the death of his mother. He's back in his beloved Mathletes, he and his little sister Imogene are settling into a new routine where their father comes home later and later in the evening, and Charlie is managing to tolerate the grief group he has to go to at school.

But then Imogene tells
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Janet
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) in exchange for an honest review.

After the death of his mom (who died of cancer), Charlie is struggling to reconstruct his life.

I will get straight to the point: I loved this book. All kids who have lost someone they love should read it. It's so emotionally real. So honest. And it goes straight for the heart. Straight for the thing that I would want most if I lost my mom.

I don't want to give anything away, but I was cheering Charlie o
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Melissa
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is magical, and not just in its content. I love how Jen Maschari has taken a relatable concept like grief and elevated it to the fantastic with her magical world and beautiful words. Charlie, Imogen, and their friends are great characters with big hearts. Kids will want to dive into the world Maschari creates and be completely gripped, as I was, as Charlie races to save Imogen from losing herself to her grief. The emotional journey is earned and compelling. I tell all of my middle grad ...more
Jen Malone
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful (and beautifully written book). Middle grade books are littered with dead parents (which makes sense, since authors have to get rid of those pesky problem-solvers in order to force the kids to be the heroes of own story) but rarely is it addressed as the central plot and in such an inventive way. The fantasy elements will keep kids engaged, but this one also packs a big emotional punch!
Lesley
Charlie Price's journey is not to be missed! As the title suggests, it is truly a remarkable one and this sweet book will make waves when it is released. I love the characters, setting and the journey Charlie goes on after losing his best friend and mom. Readers will find themselves rooting for Charlie and his sister, and the rest of sweet characters. Fantastic book!!!
Ashley Blake
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: grief, middle-grade
Fresh & beautiful story of grief and acceptance. This book will be important for many hurting kids!
Ki-Wing
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE is a poignant story of loss and courage, written beautifully.

12 yo Charlie Price isn’t alone in grief. He sees his sister, Imogen, also aching for their mother, lost to cancer. And earlier, he had seen his best friend, Frank, slowly fading away when Frank's grandmother died. When Imogen discovers a parallel world in which their mother is alive, Charlie wants to embrace his mother and the new world, but he can’t help his uneasiness.

This is a story then of
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Mike Grosso
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A powerful story about loss, and the inevitable need to move on and experience life to the fullest, even when a piece of your heart is missing.

Kids who've experienced a loss similar to Charlie's are going to hug this book tightly to their chests, thankful that it speaks to them.
Jen (Pop! Goes The Reader)
Did you find this review helpful? Find more of my reviews at Pop! Goes The Reader!

Mom knew how much Charlie loved math. And he really did. Sure the competitions were fun and exciting and they always saw who could eat the most pizza afterward (normally Rohan). But what he loved most was how logical math was. Two plus two equaled four. A triangle always had three sides. The quadratic formula was always the same. It made sense.
And even though Mom wasn’t here to cheer him on and he couldn’t quite de
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Kathy MacMillan
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had the chance to read an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is heartfelt and earnest, and I sobbed through the last 30 pages. Charlie is a 12 year old boy who loves math and his friends and his family, and he and his sister are both reeling from the death of their mother. When his sister finds a portal to a world where their mother is still alive, at first it seems like a miracle. But as Charlie soon learns, there is no joy without loss, no way to en
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Josianne Haag
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
A unique and cleverly written story.
Melanie
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few 2016 middle grade debuts at this point, and it never fails to amaze me how unique and memorable they all are. THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE is no exception.

Charlie Price is dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy: his mother's death. While Charlie barely tolerates grief group and struggles with bouts of anger, his sister Imogen is strangely okay after their mother's death, and Charlie soon discovers why. Imogen has discovered a trap door to an alternate universe b
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Emily France
May 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-mg-debuts
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE. This book is so special because it is evident that the author left her heart on every single page. There are touching characters, heart-wrenching grief, and a page-turning mystery. But what makes it shimmer is the heart. It’s everywhere. And it’s a treasure. Bravo!
Niki (Daydream Reader)
A great first book from new author Jennifer Maschari about love and loss and finding the courage to continue when you have lost a loved one.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Twelve-year old Charlie's mother has died and left a huge hole in his family. His dad works long hours and barely takes care of him and his sister, Imogen. To make matters worse, Charlie's best friend, Frank, has disappeared and no one can find him. Imogen has started to acted strangely. She has stopped caring about things that she normally cares about and seems exhausted all the time. Charlie comes to find that Imogen has found a portal to an alternate world where their mother still exists. Thi ...more
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Jennifer Maschari is a classroom teacher who writes books for young readers. She is the author of THE REMARKABLE JOURNEY OF CHARLIE PRICE and THINGS THAT SURPRISE YOU. She is hard at work on her next stand-alone middle grade from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. Jennifer lives in Ohio with her husband and her two stinky (yet noble) English bulldogs, Oliver and Hank.

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“Sometimes things happen and sometimes they're terrible and unfair. But they don't erase the awesome stuff. They don't erase the stuff we love. Life's not some scientific balance" -Charlie” 4 likes
“Elliot couldn't leave behind all the great things that had built her up and made her Elliott. Or the sad things. Dr. Miller has asked them to close their eyes and picture it one time - all the moments that had happened in their lives. Those moments were like their DNA, weaving together the fabric of who they were. They couldn't just cut away the bad stuff and only take the good or else the fabric would be full of holes. That's life, she had said. And you are not Swiss cheese. So when the good comes along, you've got to hold on to it.” 1 likes
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