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Tiny Infinities

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  362 ratings  ·  117 reviews
When Alice's dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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I adored this book. For those of you reading this review close to when I write it in 2017, I'm sorry you have to wait for the release of this book but it is completely worth it. I have to say I was a bit leery going into this one just because I knew it would rely on the characters and I'm picky with character building but the author did an amazing job of building the main characters. I especially loved Harriet. This is not your typical coming of age book but it's a great one for early teens as i ...more
Elizabeth Steinglass
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, important book about a 13 year-old girl struggling with very real challenges. Alice desperately wants her family back together the way it was before her mother’s accident and her father and brothers moved out. She also wants to get her name on the swim club record board and earn enough money to pay for a cell phone. Life gets even more complicated when Alice meets Harriet, who seems to know more about researching fireflies than she does about making friends, and Piper, the f ...more
Ben Langhinrichs
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
All 12-year-old Alice wants to do is focus on getting her name up on her swim team's record board, but life is way beyond her control. After a bad car accident, her mother is sullen and will barely leave her room. Her dad has moved out, and her brothers have gone to live with her aunt.

Furious and confused by the scattering of her family, Alice decides to move out to a tent in the backyard, and not move back inside until her parents come to their senses and her dad moves back home. Thus begins a
Dora Mitchell
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tweens, middle-grade
Alice's parents are splitting up. Her dad has just moved out to live in his own apartment. Alice's mom has been spending most of her time in bed, ever since a car accident left her deeply depressed. But this isn't a sad or dark book -- rather, it's profoundly joyful and inspiring, much more concerned with how we heal, change, and grow, rather than wallowing in sadness.

And it's also laugh-out-loud funny. Alice's new friend Harriet is an absolute delight, and so is Alice herself. I was hardly abl
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Even though I read the description of the book before I read it, I still really didn't know what to expect. I'm glad that I read this book. I think it is a perfect coming of age story where the main character is full of flaws and has a flawed life that is so relatable. We go on this summer journey with her as she deals with her life "falling apart around her" as she tries to put it back together. Alice seemed like such a ma ...more
Carolyn Injoy
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl is a promising book about Alice, her troubled mother and her meeting an unusual new friend, Harriet. It's a middle-grade novel with unique observations about family relationships, friendship and Alice's determination to prove herself in all ways.
It's written for ages eight to twelve. I gave it five stars because it kept my full attention, start to finish.
"What I love most about backstroke is, it proves a person doesn't need to be look
Wendi Lee
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alice is twelve years old, and her summer has begun tumultuously. Her father has moved out, and her younger brothers are staying at her aunt's for the summer. Alice is expected to go with her siblings, but she insists on staying at home with her mother, and pitches a tent in the backyard in protest. Her tent will bring her father home, will make her mother happy and physically well again.

Instead, Alice meets a new friend (the very scientific minded Harriet) through her swim team, as well as int
Book Nut
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tiny Infinities is a beautiful story, exquisitely written and full of unique characters that ring real and true.

Alice has just turned 13 and everything around her seems to be falling apart. Her parents’ marriage is in shambles, her father and brothers have moved out, her mother is barely coping with the trauma resulting from a car accident, and a little girl who cannot speak has just moved in next door. Alice wants to make all of it right.

During the course of a summer, Alice learns a lot about
Dee Dee (Dee Reads for Food)
There are no simpler words to describe this book than as a tiny infinity of its own. It is understated in its beauty and brilliance. At first, you may wonder what the point of it is, because, in all honesty, nothing really happens. It isn't a grand adventure or an outright heartbreaker, but the little ways that it hurts you or lifts your spirit can almost go unnoticed if you're not paying attention. I loved every moment of it.

A nothing story told in subtle, yet beautiful, intricacies. We all nee
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary debut.Emotionally wrenching with nuanced characters facing realistic challenges. A dark horse for Newbery 2019.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this novel for Middle Schoolers. It would make a good read aloud touching on different types of families through memorable characters. I particularly like the resolution involving the family going through parental separation. The child finds a strategy for her- a unique one- then finds that although it doesn't work, her family can change its living arrangements without loosing touch with each other. ...more
Sara Cook
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the real characters in this book and the description of the struggle to find your own place in the face of chaos.
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is so much that I loved in this middle-grade book, especially about its central character, Alice. In a world where there is so much unkindness going on these days, Alice's kindness, especially to younger children, is an important thing for middle-graders to read. Those years can be so hard, and Alice, who has just turned thirteen, shows it is not just okay to be kind, but that it can help you weather the storm of your own troubles to be kind to others.

A classic parentified child, Alice is
Kem Sawyer
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The wonderful, quirky characters draw you in and make you care. Tiny Infinities has much to say about growing up, the strength of family (and the fear of losing it), trust, friendship, a competitive edge, and thinking outside the box. The pages are filled with warm insight and many lines will make you laugh—wry humor at its best. J. H. Diehl has a gift—connecting readers to a world full of challenges but also endless possibilities and characters who never give up.
Michelle Brafman
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
TINY INFINITIES by J.H. Diehl is a novel for young readers that opens with a gorgeous ode to the backstroke. Washington D.C. area swimmers of all strokes, however, will relate to this story set in a fictitious Chevy Chase community pool during the summer when MCSL freestyler Alice Allyn flips over on her back to “race between walls she cannot see.”

There is no shortage of walls for Alice to scale in this compelling summer read. The book opens the night Alice’s father and twin brothers move out of
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel is recommended for Grades 5 and up, Ages 10 and up. I was granted access to an ARC of "Tiny Infinities" through Net Galley, and am pleased to offer my honest opinion on what I read.

Despite being well outside the target age range for readers, I really enjoyed "Tiny Infinities." I can easily see how this novel will appeal to middle school readers. The perspective of Alice is very genuine to everything I felt when I was that age, and what I see kids today feeling, as well. Middle school,
J.H. Diehl
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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So honored! Tiny Infinities is a 2019 Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, starred for Outstanding Merit:

Tiny Infinities is on Woman's Day Magazine's 2019 "The Best Books to Read this Summer":

Tiny Infinities is A Mighty Girl's 2018 Book o
Anne O'Brien Carelli
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of this book had me intrigued immediately, and the story never faltered. I loved the richness of the characters (including the secondary characters), and how the author seems to completely understand the mind of a thirteen-year old. The main character, Alice, is so likable as she navigates a difficult summer. Because of the wonderful writing, the reader completely understands why Alice sets up a tent from a Renaissance Fair in her back yard and refuses to move back into the house u ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book goes in the categories of Must Reads 2018 Edition and Mock Newbery Awards 2019 Edition. Diehl's characters are full, real and written unbelievably well. Honest and beautifully written--I can't wait to start handing this to readers next month. ...more
S.M. Boren
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
@kidlitexchange #partner ☄Thanks to #kidlitexchange for sharing the review copy of this book Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Alice's messy world is fascinating, heartbreaking, and inspirational all in the same breath. Alice wants her family back, not just before her father left and her brothers too, but before the "accident" that keeps her mother barley able to function. In her rebellious fit she takes to living in a tent in the backyard until everything will reset ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A big thank you to Chronicle Books and to NetGalley for a digital ARC of this middle grade novel.

You can't help but root for Alice. She is so eager to be a better swimmer, be a good babysitter, be a good friend and to fix her family. When her dad moves out at the beginning of the summer, she pitches their family renaissance tent in protest hoping it will make her dad come back home. What it does is set her up for science adventures with her new friend Harriet and gives her a new appreciation for
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diehl captures the insecurities, humor, wisdom, and strengths of an adolescent girl as she increasingly relies on herself to solve mysteries and cope with her dysfunctional family. Diehl uses such a light touch to describe the characters, firefly-filled summer nights, and swimming that I’m left missing Alice and wishing for another chapter or more.
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book Review
Title: Tiny Infinities
Author: J.H. Diehl
Genre: MG/Family/Mental Health
Rating: ****
Review: The opening chapter of Tiny Infinites was great, we are introduced to Alice a swimmer who is hiding at the pool to avoid seeing her father move out despite being aware the police are looking for her. On her way home, she sees a strange young girl walking alone and rescues her from being hit by a car, but she injures her hand in the process. We soon learn that the girl's name is Piper and she mov
Samantha (WLABB)
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nothing had been the same since Alice's mother's accident, but then Alice's whole universe began to unravel. Her father had left, her brothers were gone, and her mother was trying to get rid of Alice too, but she had a plan to try and get things back to the way they used to be.

This was a really lovely story about Alice's struggles with all the changes her family was experiencing. Change is hard, and these were some huge upheavals for Alice. I found it so easy to embrace Alice. She was determine
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I was given this ARC as an ebook by NetGalley for an honest review.
Tiny Infinities is focused on Alice, a 13-year-old girl who, in the midst of one summer deals with her parents splitting up, her mother recovering from an accident, a girl next door who is mute and deaf, and an obsession with getting her swim times up on the record board at the pool. At first, this sounds like something that wouldn't be readable. But you would be wrong. This book is one that I think every Middle-Grade reader, and
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is my 85/100 book for since January 1st 2018. It has to be one of my favourites so far, if not my most favourite. Everything about this novel is exceedingly beautiful and tender. I read this in one sitting simply because I needed the experience of submerging myself in Alice’s world. Beautiful.
Jean B
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jean is an imaginative writer who can delve into her characters feelings. She puts her heart and soul into making the reader truly involved and her words to perfectly bring the story, settings, and relationships into focus.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Another coming of age novel that seeks to examine "tiny infinities," the point at which one thing becomes another. It may seem as though there is a vast difference between hot and cold but at what point is that line crossed? At what point does an act of defiance become something good?
When Alice, the young girl at the heart of this story (NOT name for the titular character in Lewis Carroll's Wonderland saga) becomes friends with Harriet (who WAS named for the literary world's most famous child s
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I honestly didn't expect much when I started reading it. By the time I was in chapter two I was hooked. Alice's troubles seemed surmountable, but what hooked me was Harriet. Her character just fascinated me and continued to do so throughout the book. One of the things I loved about the book was that everyone learned something and became the better for it. It wasn't all roses and sunshine at the end of the book, it was real life living. But changes of perspective and learning how to manage yourse ...more
Adriana (SaltyBadgerBooks)
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This is one of those books that you have to take your time reading. You can't just zoom through it! Which I really appreciate because every once in a while you need to slow down! It was a very intricate read with a lot of different characters. And usually a lot of characters can sometimes be confusing, but this was super easy to keep track! None of the characters sounded similar or seemed the same, I loved how diverse it was. I really liked Alice, and her way of thinking it was unique and made h ...more
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J.H. Diehl is an author of books for young readers. Her novel, TINY INFINITIES, is a Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year. Read more at https://www.jhdiehl.com/ ...more

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