Outstanding, Intermediate, Middle School, Family, Friendship, Anorexia, Divorce
Emily Murphy is starting middle school, and though she's excited for new beginnings, there's a few things she wants to stay the same. But Hazel, Emily's best friend, is ready for everything to be new. She’s found new interests, new crushes, and new friends—leaving Emily behind in the dust. On top of the middle school pressure, Emily has to figure out how to deal with her parents' still-fresh divorce and her fragile sister, Mina, coming home from an eating disorder treatment center. As Emily struggles to fit in and find her place, she realizes that what she wanted may not be what she needs, and that learning to live with and accept change is a part of life.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
"Things That Surprise You,"
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 40
, Article 70.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol40/iss4/70