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Bringing Me Back

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Noah is not having a good year.

His mom is in prison, he's living with his mom's boyfriend--who he's sure is just waiting until his mother's six month sentence is up to kick him out--and he's officially hated by everyone at his middle school, including his former best friend. It's Noah's fault that the entire football program got shut down after last year.

One day, Noah noti
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Sky Pony
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Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Edelweiss+ for an eARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

This is, without a doubt, a book that NEEDS to be on your 2018 TBR list.

Noah's mother is in prison after she was charged with impaired driving following a pre-championship football game party. The coach quit, the Bruins were kicked out of the league for their behavior during the championship game, and the players and fans are directing their anger at one former player...Noah. His poor judgment continues his spiral out of
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

What if you went from hero to zero in your high school overnight? What if you went from the most popular kid to the most hated kid overnight? This is exactly what happened to Noah. He was the popular quarterback who won state championships and everyone loved him. That is until the night before the championship game in which his mom made a very bad decision and changed his life forever. Now Noah is living with his mom's boyfriend and Noah knows that as soon as his mom gets out
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book a 10 out of 5 star rating. That basically tells it all about how much I love this book. I was so into this book I finished it in one day!! Bringing Me Back is a powerful story about hardships and forgiveness, and proves that one person's actions can really change everything. This is totally a MUST read!!
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Noah's story will grab you from the start. Beth Vrabel does an excellent job is presenting tough topics with enough humor to keep it from becoming too heavy. You will feel for this child and his struggles while also understanding the hurt of those around him. Bringing Me Back reminds us that we all have a story to tell and we must embrace the stories of others to gain understanding.
Violet Sinclair

I loved this book. I friggin loved this book.

Funny, when I read THE RECKLESS CLUB, (which was the first Beth Vrabel book I read) I was looking through all her other books, and this one didn’t seem to grab my attention.

But, after continuously thinking about it, I proceeded to read a sample of it, and add it to my TBR shelf.

I think it’s become my favorite Beth Vrabel book.

I also think that Beth Vrabel is hands down one of my favorite contemporary authors.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
E ARC from Edleweiss Plus

Noah's mother is arrested for drunk driving after a middle school football party, which has myriad consequences: she is arrested and sent to prison for several months, her boyfriend is made Noah's guardian, Noah reacts poorly and is caught shoplifting, and the school football team loses its coach and is disbanded because of lack of funds and the bad publicity. The loss of the team is difficult for the impoverished West Virginia town, and Noah is ostracized and ill treate
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
@kidlitexchange #partner —— All opinions are my own.

Beth Vrabel has done it again. Given us a middle grade story that is full of complex characters, intriguing storylines and touches on so many deep topics. Noah broke my heart. He was carrying around a ton of guilt, trying to sort through mixed feelings about his living situation, scared about facing his mom and just plain lonely. I constantly wanted to hug him tightly and scream at all of the people who were dwelling on the past and constantly
Kimberly Larsen
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah begins 7th grade a complete outcast. Only last year he was star of the football team. Then, before the final game, Noah's mom relapsed into alcoholism and ends up in jail. After that, Noah made a few bad decisions which led to the team losing the championship game. So, Noah has lost his mom and his best friend. He's living with his mom's boyfriend who he feels doesn't want him. One day, Noah spies a small bear with a bucket stuck on its head. He is worried about the helpless bear and, with ...more
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Says for ages 8-12 but I didnt realize that when I read the reviews but it was a sweet little read.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can I just give this book a million stars? It was amazing!
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Author Beth Vrabel has been creating a reputation for writing Middle-Grade message books about children facing adversity. I first read her work last year with her moving book Caleb and Kit about a young teen fighting cystic fibrosis and dealing with his parents' divorce and his growing friendship with an ungrounded girl suffering parental neglect and mental health issues. Her 2018 entry into the Middle-Grade fiction catalog, Bringing Me Back should be on summer reading lists. It's a story of se ...more
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah is not having a good year. His mom is in jail for drunk driving, which she did after a football team party, which caused the coach to quit and the football team to be disbanded. He is living with her boyfriend Jeff, who he doesn't think actually wants him. He also has no friends at school now that his mom ruined everything for this poor community. His old football friends bully him and the rest of the kids don't want anything to do with him. Even the teachers don't seem to like him. Then th ...more
Karlyn Leslie
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has READ ALOUD written all over it! One of my 2018 favourites thus far!
Twelve-year-old Noah is REAL. After his mother's drunk driving conviction and incarceration, Noah is unable to cope, losing friends, making bad decisions, and ultimately segregating himself from his peers. When he spots the bear with the bucket stuck on its head, Noah becomes overwhelmed with compassion and takes drastic action to save the bear. The ending will have your students standing in anticipation!!! What a great
Kelly Farnsworth
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance reading copy of this book from Beth Vrabel. I absolutely loved the story of Noah, who is struggling with the consequences of his mother driving intoxicated after a championship football game at his school. While his mom spends time in jail, Noah stays with his mom’s boyfriend, Jeff, who acts as his guardian. I love the tender and humorous moments between Jeff and Noah, as they become closer. It was also so easy to fall in love with Rina, who defends Noah and soon becomes hi ...more
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Noah is having a rough year. His mom is in prison, he’s the reason the football club has been disbanded so no one at school is talking to him. To top it all off, he’s living with his mom’s boyfriend who, Noah is sure, can’t wait to kick him out.
Then Noah spies a young bear with troubles of its own. Noah decides to make it his mission to help the bear. He feels if he can just solve the bear’s problems his will disappear too.
This is a great book about love and redemption. I’d never read one of Be
Thank you to @kidlitexchange and #skyponypress for a review copy. All opinions are my own.

Sometimes and author just really gets how to write kids. @authorbethvrabel is one of those authors. In her newest #middlegrade novel, Bringing Me Back she touches on so many of the pressures that kids face and some we hope no one deals with.

Noah isn’t your average 7th grader. His mom is in prison for drunk driving, he is living with her boyfriend, the entire school blames him for getting their football te
Michelle (FabBookReviews)

4.5 stars

Bringing Me Back is the latest contemporary middle grade title from children's author Beth Vrabel. Having read and enjoyed Vrabel's well-received and well-reviewed Pack of Dorks series, A Blind Guide to Stinkville and A Blind Guide to Normal , I was looking forward to Vrabel's newest children's title immensely.

In Bringing Me Back, we follow the first-person narrative of middle schooler Noah Brickle. Noah, as we learn, is going through a very difficult time. His mom is serving time
Christie Allred
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting, quick read and though it deals with some serious topics (DUI, jail, theft, bullying, animal welfare, etc.) the author wrote it in a tactful way that's appropriate for the age of the intended reader (imo). Also, there is a fair amount of comic relief. The characters are well developed, though they seem older than twelve. And even though Noah is angry, withdrawn, and constantly struggling, he is still likable and I found myself hoping for him.

One thing I did not like was t
Stacie Boren
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner 🐻 Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Bringing Me Back by Beth Vrabel. After reading Caleb and Kit I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book! And it did not disappoint! Noah's bad luck streak just has to end. The more I read, the more I hoped for Noah. His mom was incarcerated after a football game that would be the last for Noah's middle school and then when the school has a fundraiser Noah is positive tha ...more
Ruth Ferguson
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bringing Me Back, by Dallas-based author Beth Vardel, pulls you in from page one and you just might find yourself looking up two hours later from a satisfying read.

For most students and schools the start of a new school year is about new beginnings - for Noah there is no excitement because the events of the last school year still overshadows his daily life as he starts the 7th grade.

Noah has lost his mom for nine months to rehab and jail, his football team is disbanded, his best friend leads the
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Beth Vrabel knows how to put together a middle grade book. The plot unfolds carefully, giving the reader plenty of time to think and wonder. Why is Noah ostracized by his entire school? And what's so important about a bear with a bucket on her head? The characters are all a bit flawed and that adds to the realism. I'm looking forward to giving this book to my students.

(Thank you to the author for sending me a signed copy!)
Jayme Carruthers
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Thank you to the #KidLitExchange network for the review copy of Bringing Me Back. All opinions are my own.

Bringing Me Back was a great middle grades read! In it we meet Noah, who is having an awful year. Thanks to him the school no longer has a football team, which does not make him very popular. His mom is in jail for drunk driving and it seems like nothing is going right.

One day, Noah sees a bear near the school. This isn't unusual in the area, but what is unusua
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Noah’s life spirals downward the day he violently tackles a teammate and his school gets banned from football. His mom ends up in jail and everyone views him as a looser. When Noah spots a bear cub with a bucket stuck to its head he is certain it was from a fundraiser to get the team back. He is then determined to do one thing right and save the bear. This emotional story of fitting in, remorse and friendship will appeal to readers aged ten to 14.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reads
This was a good book for middle grade kids. I enjoyed getting to know Noah and felt an aching pain for him because of the way other kids treated him. The book was hard to follow at times because there were several typos throughout.
MC Bailey
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of Bring Me Back by @kidlitexchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. A new school year begins as Noah is just trying to forget everything that happened last year. His school has lost their football team because of him, his Mom is serving a 6 month prison sentence because of a DWI, all the kids blame him for the loss of the football team, he lost his best friend, his popularity, he's living with his Mom's boyfriend, Jeff, feeling he is a burden and inconvenience on ...more
Laura Gardner
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 for Bringing me Back by @authorbethvrabel, which I received for @kidlitexchange. All opinions are my own. Bringing me Back is due out in March.
"When we make a mess, we shouldn't expect others to clean it up." Go read the summary on Amazon or Goodreads (meant to take a pic of the back, but forgot before sending it on for #kidlitexchange)!
Noah is one of the saddest, most desperate characters I've read about in a while. Everything is going wrong for him--no friends, a s
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I gave this book two stars because the story, overall, was sweet and flowed neatly together. However, there were problems with the characters that were impossible to ignore. I was able to empathise with Noah (the protagonist), a seventh grader rejected by his peers because of what he did to a special needs boy on his football team the week his mother was arrested for DUI. Noah is lonely and has come to a point where he shows little emotion, in an attempt to block out the actions of the people wh ...more
The Reading Countess
Beth Vrabel, author of Caleb and Kit, a complicated story much more than the main character having cystic fibrosis, had done it again.

Bringing Me Back is also a complicated story. It's also much more than the main character, Noah, whose mom is in jail for a DUI.

It's about guilt. Wrongly placed. All encompassing.

It's about survival of the fittest, and how that trickles down to middle school life. The so-called pecking order of junior school can be more brutal than anything Mother Nature dreamed
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Bringing me back started out slow and I thought it was going to be a miss for me. At first, I didn't believe the premise--that an entire town would turn on a young boy and make his life miserable. The mood of the book is morose, and I just didn't want to pick it back up.

But as I read, my thoughts on the plot shifted. Maybe there ARE towns like this, where everyone knows everyone's mistakes and hold them
Ariel Hess
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book-all opinions are my own. The opinions in this review are solely my own and do not reflect the views of the author or KidLitExchange.

Overall, I liked this novel. I would have liked a bit more character development, especially when it came to the supporting characters of this novel. I am giving this book three stars because I can tell the author put the effort in to do her research regarding the issues in this nove
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Beth Vrabel is the author of Cyblis-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, JLG-selection A Blind Guide to Normal, and The Reckless Club and Pack of Dorks series. She can't clap to the beat nor be trusted near Nutella. Beth loves traveling around the country to meet with young readers and writers, sharing a message of grit, resiliency and heart.