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There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious. 
Find Her!  it says. Be Your Own!  
How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother al
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Irena BookDustMagic
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Once I read the premise for The Girl with More Than One Heart I had a feeling it would be emotionally difficult, but I knew I want to read it.

My feeling was right. There was so many things that our main character Brianna had to go through: losing her beloved father, having a mom that suffers from depression, taking care of her brother who has autism and also losing her best friends in the process. My heart was wrenching for her because no 13 year old should go through what she went trough, but t
Nicole M. Hewitt
This book is very sweet. It would probably be best geared toward younger middle grade readers (as long as they can handle the content, since it does involve the death of a parent). This is because the voice feels a bit young for thirteen and the writing is relatively simplistic. It would also be PERFECT for older MG readers who are at a little lower reading level than their peers but still want books that deal with topics they can relate to. This book tackles Briana's feelings about her father's ...more
Ms. Yingling
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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A well-written book with an engaging main character and the timely addition of a brother on the autism spectrum.

Just not the book for me to read the week after a close friend had a heart attack.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it
A very unique contemporary ya novel that will stay with the reader long after you finish.

The story takes an everyday, although tragic, occurrence - the death of a parent - and puts a fresh spin on how it gets handled. Dealing with issues of grief, depression, romance, family and friendship, this book has it all!
The characterisation is strong, and this drives the plot along. Each person adds to the story and it feels like anyone reading it could relate to some aspect or other from it.

A great rea
Flynn S
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The emotions Bass evoked from the reader were agonizing at times. I've read a lot of books about teenage angst and awkwardness lately. Not that those stories don't have merit or are even really good, but they don't match the realness and raw emotion in this book. Part of it is the seamless writing and story telling of Bass. The main character, Briana, is not only dealing with the typical teenage issues, she is dealing with the unexpected death of her dad. The person who was her anchor. Now she i ...more
J.L. Cooper
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this book to be a stunner! In this compelling, layered novel, Laura Geringer Bass takes us along with Briana, age 13, after losing her father suddenly. In the author's skillful hands, the read does not reduce simply to a struggle with sadness, since moments of abject aloneness are woven with threads of ironic humor, determination, anger, and soft persuasions of memory. There's an overflow of exasperation one minute, an unexpected refuge the next. I feel it’s clearly a valuable read for a ...more
Lillian Weigand
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. This one was another one of my favorite ones that I have read recently. In the story, there is a girl named Brianna, and she has a little brother. One day when Brianna´s dad was exercising, and she found out later, that he had died. He had died from a cardiovascular problem while he was exercising. Brianna was so miserable after her dad had died because he was the one who was always there for her and gave her courage. Later, Brianna finds out that she is not t ...more
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist
With unique storytelling, Laura Geringer Bass has made sure this book would stay with the readers for long.

"The Girl with more than one heart " revolves around Brianna, who is still dwelling in the grief of the sudden demise of her father and how she has too look after her autistic brother and mother who finds it difficult to move on.
"I picture grief as a dragon with a tail five times its length, swishing back and forth, back an forth. With every swish, a building topples until the whole town is
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmmmm. I am a little unsure as to how to rate this book. Although it is a worthwhile story, and certainly might be a blessing for a child dealing with the loss of a parent, it didn't knock my socks off. However, I'm not sure how much of that has to do with timing. Having just finished several books in a row of the "cannot put this down" variety, it probably isn't fair of me to compare a children's novel with a gripping adult thriller in terms of engagement. That being said, I don't believe this ...more
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I need to get back to writing reviews immediately after I read a book. They are more detailed and (usually) more insightful when I do this.

This was a well done story about an eighth grade girl who is going through an emotionally difficult time in her life. The family dynamics are changed unexpectedly overnight and she has lost a family member. The main character's voice, Briana's, feels authentic. And, her concerns - taking care of a special needs sibling, dealing with gossipy friends, possible

Extremely touching, heart warming yet heart breaking at the same time. Amazing message of the importance of friends, and I just adored the character of Daisy. I read this in one sitting and really liked it. It really is hard hitting, in a way which leaves your heart feeling a little heavy. I definitely think it would be a beneficial reading experience for younger readers — there’s a lot of empathy tucked into the pages of this book, waiting to be absorbed by the reader. There’s a lot of lov
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ The day my Father's heart stopped, I discovered an extra heart deep in my belly, below my right rib.

I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. My Dad died of a sudden heart attack so this book touched my soul in a way no other book has. I cannot say too much without getting emotional about it. You will adore it too, I know you will. Character and story driven with a rich setting and dialogue that will move and entertain. A perfect book from cover to cover!
Ellie Terry
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All the hearts for this sweet-tender novel!
Bailey Turner
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The girl with more than one heart is a sad book but happy as well. And during the book her fathers heart suddenly fails one morning and when he dies life is never the same without him but when he dies she feels like she has another heart in her stomach and can never seen to let him go or forget.
Maria Katsulos
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
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Yewon kim
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
it was actually really good. main character Briana, she lost her dad and after she lost her dad, she figures out she has more than one heart.that is when she tries to hear it and she began to listen. and there is so much heart brock. I love it!!!!
this is a book centred around grief and while it did deal with this topic appropriately, I believe this book just wasn't for me. If I was 13 years old like the protagonist I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more - this could help so many young teenagers.
Nothing really happened in quite a short book and Brianna as a narrative was quite inconsistent. Honestly I was just very bored and it wasn't an enjoyable reading experience. Some aspects played out too quickly while others we didn't even ge
At the beginning of eighth grade Briana finds her father dead and slumped over his stationary bike right before school. After she finds him she imagines she has grown another heart, her dad-heart, that lives in her stomach. It sings songs her dad used to sing, speaks in his voice, and she feels it's trying to send her a message. One she has to figure out and listen to.

After her father's funeral at the synagogue, lead by their rabbi, her mother immediately falls into a deep depression. Briana is
Melanie Dulaney
Highly recommended for librarians looking to put a book in the hands of a student dealing with the loss of someone close to them, living with a special needs person, or who just love a book that pulls on the heartstrings in a true to life way. Briana is facing a tragic and abrupt death of the parent who always supported her, even when the rest of the family seemed to remain focused on her brother who is on the autism spectrum. Along with that devastating loss, her mother enters a depression that ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Plenty of young readers will love this for the sadness of the topic (sudden death of father, brother on the autism spectrum who seems to have stolen the main character’s mother away)- but I found it a little overwrought and too heavy with metaphor and flashbacks. Strong writing and the topic make it a good choice for 5th & up.
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written. My dad suddenly died when I was 12 years old, and the author did a wonderful job of capturing the feelings and emotions a family struggles with after such a devastating loss. I wish this book had existed for me back then - I would've appreciated it very much. Well done. ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Could it really be that 12 year old Briana has a second heart? Ever since the day her beloved dad suddenly died while pedaling his exercise bike she feels that second heart, her dad’s heart, beating in her belly. And it not only beats, but it talks to her, too, in her dad’s voice. His voice helps her remember the good times before her brother, Aaron was born. That was when she and her mom and her dad were a happy family, instead of what they had become. The time before her mom totally dedicated ...more
Lisa Bentley
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
So many YA books have been based on grief recently. There has been a trend of grief among peers; people who are sick losing friends who have helped them through their illness. Yet I haven’t come across one about the loss of a parent.

This is the subject of the The Girl with More than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass. Bass uses her own real life experiences of losing her dad, albeit as an adult, as she transfers that grief into an intense feeling shared by a child.

The story focuses on Briana who i
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Noteworthy experiences while reading this book:
This middle grade story is one. Of heartbreak. It does a lot of telling but not a lot of showing and the narrative was a little off for me.

Do I Recommend this book? Not really this one had a lot of issues.

Notes and Opinions:
I don’t think that the main characters voice really sounded like an 8th grader. At least not any 8th grader I’ve met. This sounded more like someone who was still in elementary school but in a situation that was for middle gr
Alice Kaltman
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Girl With More Than One Heart is a gorgeously written, deeply moving story about death, grief, family, and growing up. It should be on every librarian’s list as a go to book to recommend to any young person who has experienced a death in the family. Set in the diverse and fascinating Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, thirteen year old Briana’s world is thrown into unrecognizable chaos after her father dies suddenly. To contend with the loss, she imagines she has grown a second heart, which t ...more
David Bumke
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. The eighth-grade narrator, Briana, has just lost her adored father, and that leaves her a kind of orphan—because as far as she’s concerned, she lost her mother years earlier, when her brother, Aaron, arrived. Now she must take care of not only difficult Aaron, who’s on the autism spectrum, but also her mother, unmoored and depressed. Briana’s new heart—her “dad heart,” beating “deep in [her] belly, below [her] right rib”—speaks to her and provides flashbacks to happier ...more
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Girl with More Than One Heart
by Laura Geringer Bass
Amulet Books
Children's Fiction
Pub Date 17 Apr 2018
I am reviewing a copy of The Girl with More Than One Heart through Amulet Books and Netgalley:

After Brianna looses her Father to her heart attack it's as if she feels a new heart growing inside of her.

After her Father dies Brianna finds herself having to care for her Autistic younger brother because her Mother is nearly overpowered with grief. She finds herself using most
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The Girl With More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass, 228 pages. Amulet, 2018. $17.

Language: PG (5 swears, 0 ‘f’); Mature Content: G; Violence: G



Briana’s life is already difficult – she has perfected being the trouble-free sister to her (undiagnosed) autistic brother who devours all of her parents’ time and attention. Then her father suddenly dies, her mother goes into a funk, and Brianna is the only left to pick up all of the pieces. H
This is a beautiful homage to grief. Briana always had a special bond with her father because her younger autistic brother Aaron required extra attention from their mother. When her father dies suddenly from a cardiac event, Briana must take up her father’s role to care for the family because (as Briana’s friends describe it) her mother goes a little crazy. Their mother is unable to do much but sleep and occasionally bake cookies. When she ventures out, she often wears her slippers and appears u ...more
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Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over 20 highly acclaimed books for children, tweens, and teens.

Her new novel for middle graders about friendship, love, and loss -- The Girl With More Than One Heart -- is the lyrical story of a courageous girl who imagines she needs an extra heart to navigate her grief after the death of her dad. It will be published by Abrams this Spring.

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