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Hazel's Theory of Evolution

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  22 reviews
“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t make it illogical.”

Hazel knows all about life on Earth. She could tell you anything from what earthworms eat to how fast a turkey can run. That’s because when she’s not hanging out with her best friend, Becca, or helping care for the goats on her family’s farm, she loves reading through dusty old encyclopedias. But even Hazel doe
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Published October 8th 2019 by HarperCollins
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Aug 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: arc-galley, 2019
There's one section towards the end, where Mimi's talking to Hazel, and it's everything I wish I'd been told when I was Hazel's age, that it's okay not to want a romantic relationship or a sexual relationship, that all the stupid heteronormative milestones and relationship expectations aren't actually requirements and it's okay to want something else, or only parts of them.
Laura (bbliophile)
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
Full review to come soon but I loved this a lot
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-10
Thank you to the author and HarperCollins for an ARC of this book.

Can I just say that I consider Lisa Jenn Bigelow one of the most underrated middle grade writers whose books I've had the pleasure to read? Last year, her book DRUM ROLL, PLEASE was one of my favorite reads of the year, and now HAZEL'S THEORY OF EVOLUTION has also captured my heart. I sincerely hope you'll add this book to your TBR list to when it's released on October 8th.

Due to school zone restructuring,
Shan Salter
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

Release date: 10/8/19

From the author of DRUM ROLL, PLEASE comes this quiet, character-driven, middle-grade novel overflowing with heart and raw emotion.

Introverted eighth-grader, Hazel, lives a peaceful life on a goat farm with her animal books, two moms, and her older brother. Her life takes an unwelcome turn when th
Ms. Yingling
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Hazel lives on a farm with her two mothers and her older brother Rowan. They have a heard of goats that her Mom milks for her business of making soaps and other products, and Mimi is a lawyer in town. Because of a change in the train schedule, Hazel has to go to another middle school, leaving her friend Becca behind for 8th grade. Since a girl at her old school, Kristen, was always very mean, calling Hazel "goat girl" and making fun of her for cry
Mikayla Tewksbury
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most heartwarming middle grade books I've ever read.

Hazel has a lot going on: keeping up with the family farm, surviving the eighth grade at a new school because of redistricting, and now to top it off: one of her moms is pregnant again after having two miscarriages. Navigating the next few months will be more challenging than milking the goats on her farm, but Hazel will learn about herself along the way and form new relationships.

This coming of age story is perfect for new
Karen McKenna
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since kindergarten, Hazel has been known as Goat Girl. Her favorite place in the world is sitting in an old pickup truck in her family's farm's pasture surrounded by the goats they raise reading science encyclopedias about undervalued animals like earthworms and cockroaches. The fact that everyone thinks she is weird is made bearable by her best friend, Becca. But when the middle school lines get redrawn, Hazel finds herself headed to a new middle school for eighth grade. Her plan: to hibernate ...more
Okay. I looked at the cover, read the summary, and now I’m officially addicted.
Lynn O'Connacht
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I received a copy of this from the #kidlitexchange in order to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I absolutely LOVED this book. Early on I saw things that just called out to me, but what makes me know that it was a special book is that I didn't want it to end. I wanted to stay with these characters for longer. There are going to be some that complain about the way the LGBTQ+ community is so casually represented, but that is almost what makes it better. I will say that
Kate Waggoner
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
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Thank you to the publisher @harpercollinsch and the author @lisajennbigelow for sharing an advance copy of Hazel's Theory of Evolution with the #kidlitexchange network. This character-driven and emotion filled middle grades novel will hit shelves October 8, 2019.

Hazel is an introvert who lives with her two moms and older brother, Rowan, on a goat farm. She has one best friend, Becca, who she must leave behind as she attends a new middle school due
Kristin Crouch
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for Collabookation to review.
Ugh! Do you remember the uncertainty and anxiety of middle school? Remember analyzing everything you said, everything others have said to you? Hazel's Theory of Evolution brought me right back to that time of constant self-doubt, and as uncomfortable as it was, I loved it. Hazel is a quiet kid, eager to hibernate through her first year of a new school. But inside, she's full of emotion, guts, and introspection. She i
Katie Reilley
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the author and Harper Collins Childrens for sharing an ARC with our #bookexpedition group.

Hazel is an 8th grader who lives on a goat farm with her two moms and an older brother. Her last year of middle school is being spent at a new school (due to rezoning), away from her best (and only) friend. On top of that, one of her moms is pregnant (after having two miscarriages), and that terrifies Hazel.

Hazel decides that the best way to deal with these changes is to hibernate her feeling
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DRC from Edelweiss and Harper Collins
Great story told from Hazel's point of view. She is an eighth grader who has been re-districted. She left behind her friends and familiarity and is entering a new middle school for one year before going to the local HS. Although her best friend, Becca, promises to keep in touch, things start to fall apart as the months progress.
Hazel lives with her two moms and an older brother. Her mom makes soaps and lotions from the goat milk their farm produce
Jul 22, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
A moving, compassionate, and relatable middle grade read! This book explores grief and sexuality in such a sensitive and heartfelt way. I felt deeply for Hazel, who struggles to handle the incredibly complicated emotions that arise when her mom, Mimi, becomes pregnant after two devastating late miscarriages. I really appreciate the way this story delves into infant loss and depicts the ways we try to protect ourselves from heartbreak. This is a necessary story about how complex grief can be and ...more
Margaret Desjardins
This engaging story follows a smart girl whose life is dramatically upset in her final year of middle school. She has so many questions about her transition to high school. Unanswered questions that mean everything to Hazel, our young hero.
The author has created is a story that is poignant and believable. This story speaks well to middle school girls who are at the stage of development where rapid changes occur from the emotional safety of elementary to the uncertainty of the present and f
I have not read it yet lol but I reviewed the book and so far it is good just got to read the hole thing.
Kathy Willhite
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Jenn writes from a middle schooler's perspective in a positive and realistic way. Each of her books have been well written, but this is the best so far.
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audrey (missaudreyclass)
Cockroaches, earthworms, and Hazel: some of Earth’s most misunderstood creatures.

Hazel’s Theory of Evolution is a heartfelt story that follows the title character, Hazel, as she navigates a new middle school, distancing friendships, difficult-to-categorize grief, and family anxieties...cataloging the injustices in and of nature along the way (Why do people hate opossums, anyway? I’m with you, Hazel. I think they’re cute).

This novel showcases classic adolescent issues (the
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads.

Hazel's Theory of Evolution is a LGBTQ friendly, contemporary, character-driven, middle grade about the trauma of grief and the courage of hope.

I'm so glad books like this exists. There wasn't anything like this available for me when I was growing up that so openly represented and discussed grief, friend
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I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in a house full of books. My mom read to me until I left for college. We explored realistic fiction, fantasy, and science fiction together.

When I was seven, I decided to become an author. I attempted my first novel the following summer, about a brave princess joining forces with elves and fairies to overthrow the evil king and queen. It was seven pages