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Caleb and Kit

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  124 reviews
From award-winning author Beth Vrabel comes a powerfully moving story about a magical friendship, coping with disability, and the pains of growing up and growing apart.

Twelve-year-old Caleb is shorter, frailer, and more protected than most kids his age. That's because he has cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. Caleb tr
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 9th 2019 by Running Press Kids (first published September 12th 2017)
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May 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars ! !
Thanks for Netgalley and respective publishers.

Thats was a teenager boy story deprived about his underestimating life because of his sever disease.

"Few moments in life are enough to live you whole life"

Such instances comes in everyone's life, likewise happened in this story.
When Kit met Caleb, he forgot about his unhappy life and everything about it.
He was just flowing in the air where Kit named Flower was blossoming.

I like way of writing skills.
Quite easy and simple to read.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you @kidlitexchange for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

Caleb and Kit is full of so many wonderful things. Fantastic storytelling, wonderful characters, great information and a delicate way of talking about some pretty heavy topics. The story and plot caught my attention right from the start. It was easy to get invested in these characters and definitely left me intrigued while trying to piece together some of the things they were dealing
Kate Olson
A perfect middle grade read that tweens will be instantly able to relate to.

Thank you to Running Press Books for a finished copy of this book for review purposes!

Vrabel takes a topic that most people are unfamiliar with - cystic fibrosis - and weaves it into a tale of friendship and family that will instantly find a place in the hearts of adult and middle grade readers alike. Caleb, as a boy with cystic fibrosis, is still written as a middle school boy, rather than "a kid with an illness." H
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I wanted to be like Kit, to see stories everywhere. I wanted to make up a new world, one where I wasn’t sick and she was magic. I wanted that more than anything.”

There are so many wonderful things about Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel. Beth’s storytelling just keeps getting better and better – I can’t wait until September when I can pass this along to my middle school students!

Caleb and Kit is the story of two unexpected friends who meet in the woods behind Caleb’s house one summer aftern
Melissa Hart
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a splendid book, powerful and engaging. I'd never come across a young character with cystic fibrosis, and I appreciate the author's deft portrayal that never resorts to victimization or maudlin sentimentality. The small authentic details-Caleb's daily treatments and the more unsavory repercussions of CF--taught me so much, and I look forward to sharing this book with my 10-year old and discussing Caleb's resilience and resourcefulness.

In the midst of his new friend Kit's self-constructe
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Caleb is 12 years old and he is tired of everyone being stronger, faster, healthier than him. Caleb has cystic fibrosis. When summer comes and Caleb meets Kit everything changes. He finds an escape from summer camp, his overbearing mother, his absent and angry father, and his brother who can do wrong. But Kit has secrets of her own. Two friends, fighting different battles, find hope and friendship from each other. This book was heart warming and emotional. There were times when I was frustrated ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for an advance digital copy of this book (all opinions are my own).

12-year-old Caleb has the challenges of many teenagers. He's growing apart from his best friend, Brad. He has a hot shot big brother. His dad is unreliable and has a girlfriend that isn't interested in the kids from his previous family. He has an overprotective mother who won't let him do anything fun. But he's also living with cystic fibrosis, a disease that makes it difficult for him to act and do the thi
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Caleb and Kit today for February’s Diverse Books Club chronic illness theme. This book beautifully examines family relationships, growing up, and living with a chronic disease- Cystic Fibrosis. I highly recommend it - I really appreciated the nuance of the characters’ reactions- sometimes I feel like MG books don’t have that complexity (which I totally understand).
This book was really important to me particularly for a couple of reasons: a former student of mine and Jill, my husband’s co
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Six words- you need to read this book. I loved this book because the author takes an everyday issue- in this case, cystic fibrosis- and turns it into a story. (Actually, the author does this with her other books too, so I recommend that if you read Caleb and Kit and like it, read some of her other books as well.)
This story has a wonderful deeper meaning, starts with just a walk in the woods and turns into an exciting adventure, that in the story, Kit says "was destiny." If you love a heart
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caleb is twelve years old and he’s just about had it with being treated like a baby or like a walking, talking illness. His father’s gone, distanced himself from the day-to-day trouble of addressing and treating Caleb’s cystic fibrosis while his mother has taken the opposite tack and hovers constantly, sunscreen in one hand and a snack in the other. As if that weren’t bad enough, Caleb’s older brother’s perfection hovers like a storm cloud—not only is Patrick healthy but he gets straight
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own.

Oh, my heart! I am so madly in love with this book, I don’t even know where to start. I absolutely loved how plucky and strong Caleb was, how he refused to allow his CF to define him, and how fiercely independent he was. And then there’s feisty Kit, with her fantastic imagination and fierce sense of survival. I was cheering their friendship on from the beginning. They were a match made in litera
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caleb, a 12-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis tells the story of meeting Kit, a mysterious girl in the woods. He keeps her a secret from his family and friends for most of a summer. He tells his story well and is honest about his resentment of Perfect Patrick-his big, healthy brother. His parents are divorced, his dad is starting a new family with a new wife, his mom is dating. Life is complicated.
Review copy provided by NetGalley

Caleb has cystic fibrosis and his mother and brother are all over the idea of making life comfortable for him. However, their constant involvement, from his mother harping over him to his brother's seeming perfection and unfaltering watchfulness, is driving Caleb crazy. When he meets Kit in the woods behind his house, he wonders if he has met a member of the fey rather than a little girl with too little adult supervision. Kit lives in a house in the woods, and sh
Where do I even begin with this book?

Lemme start off by saying that it was amazing.

I really liked how this book brought to light Cystic Fibrosis because it is a very serious and underrepresented illness. I also liked some of the other topics that the author brought to light such as mental illness and child abuse.

Something that I really liked was how even though you rooted for Caleb, there were still points where you didn’t like him all that much. You know why? Because he’s a 3-dimensional boy. H
Sarah Sammis
Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel is about a secret friendship between children who live across the river from each other. Caleb is experiencing his first summer of relative freedom, unusual because he has cystic fibrosis. Kit is newly moved into the old house across the stream and she is full of stories of fairies and magic. But not everything she says adds up.

The book isn't just about Caleb. There's also Kit. She's clearly not being well cared for — any adult reading this book will see that. She pu
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Two long, thick trunks soared straight to the sky and then curved away from each other. I had heard once about trees that do that – live side by side but bend away to share the sun. They are buddies. They could stick close, but if they do, eventually one will struggle to tower over the other, keeping the weaker, unluckier one in the shade. Instead, if they are really friends, they’ll bend apart. I wondered if it hurt, twisting away from your friend like that.” – Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel

*Note - I received a digital review copy from NetGalley in return for my honest review.

Caleb and Kit tells the story of 12 year old Caleb, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, a diagnosis meaning lungs that fill with mucus and a shortened lifespan. He feels completely overprotected by his mother and his "perfect" big brother. Even his closest friend, Derek, makes sure that he is included when the other kids play sports, but also makes sure that he doesn't over-do it. Caleb is aware of his condition
I felt more compassion for the secondary character in this book than the main character. At first, I thought perhaps Kit was imaginary but then as the story progressed, I wanted to know more about Kit’s situation as it seemed she had no one, except the rock.

Caleb’s best friend is now into sports, leaving all the things they used to do together behind. Caleb feels like he lives in the shadow of his perfect, older brother Patrick. To escape his brother, Caleb heads off into the woods by their hous
William Marler
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will always be proud to say I was involved in the making of this book, allowing Beth Vrabel to learn about Cystic Fibrosis from a personal perspective instead of settling with information from the web. However, I adore the fact that this isn’t a book about CF, it’s a book about friendship, with CF playing its part.

Beth has this wonderful ability of creating deep characters, both main and secondary, who I can immediately see others in. I am Caleb, his family is my family, his struggles are my s
Joan Marie
The author did her homework on CF. Twelve-year-old Caleb's story rings true in so many ways. The symptoms. The effects. The meds. The rules and routines that have to be followed. The uncomfortable truths. The gamut of emotions that Caleb, his best friend, his family, and classmates deal with. Yet, when he meets Kit, the new girl who seems to live without any rules or supervision, he gradually casts caution to the wind. While his mother thinks he's at summer camp, he's spending most of his time w ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is great read for middle grade students. Beth Vrabel does a fine job of creating characters in that age group and their issues. Caleb and Kit are well thought out and portrayed characters. Very realistic. I haven't encountered any stories that deal with cystic fibrosis as well as this one did. It covers the disease without shoving it in your face like some stories with diseases or handicaps do; well handled and just part of the story. There's more than enough intrigue in the story to entice ...more
Naomi Campbell
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-books
We have had this book sitting around since my daughter saw Beth Vrabel at a Children's Lit Fest and we began hoarding her books. We finally made it to this one and I'm so glad. I read it to myself but I am definitely recommending my daughter read it. She likes to read books that are real, but have a bit of fairy tale in them, and this uniquely qualifies. She also likes to read about kids or people in general who have some kind of challenge they live with daily, in this case, the main character w ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Along with learning some of the complications and challenges of living with Cystic Fibrosis, this book provides the perspectives of friends and family who love the person living with the illness and the impact and toll it takes on them as well. The book was written in a way that kept my alliances shifting throughout the story and allowed me to empathize with each character....well almost all of them.
Heather Burns-Schmidtke
I loved this!!! The children are written with such depth and character that it makes you wish you could pull them out of the pages of the book and shelter them. Kit is myself written at that age, life isn't what you want or need but with the power of imagination you can make life better (for awhile).
Having them meet at a time when Caleb was trying to assert his place in life was wonderfully done! A powerful story for Juv/Ya readers about self, love and the power of friendship!
This was read as a
Kristen Blackton
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the character development in this story along with all of the symbolism. It helped me see what it is like to live with cystic fibrosis, and it also helped me see how it affects more than just one's body. I was pleasantly surprised at how invested I became in the story and in Caleb and Kit. I would recommend to anyone! ...more

This story is very touching and feels like the books I read when I was a child. In particular, this one felt a lot like Bridge to Terabithia to me, and I kept bracing myself for disaster. Because the main character, Caleb, has cystic fibrosis, I found myself very conscious of how I was breathing as I read. During the many descriptions of his shortened breath, I would breathe in and out very deeply, as if I could help him along. That's the kind of book this is. I felt strongly for Ca
January Gray
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beyond magical. I completely enjoyed this book! I hope the author writes more!
Betsy Rehm
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-reads
A fictional account of growing up, but here, growing up with Cystic Fibrosis is presented in a vibrant, thoughtful narrative.
Nicole Montalvo
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is amazing! The characters have great bond and its a great book for kids. In my opinion, it's a must read book! ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book and learned about cystic fibrosis. Tough disease for a 12 year old. Family life. Friends. Lying. Perfect brother. Divorced parents.
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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. ...more

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