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Read & download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Andrew Smith A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytellingWhen he was four years old Sam Abernathy was trapped at the bottom of a well f. What a sweet bizarre little book It was the perfect thing for me to take a day and read as a break from a long series reread I’ve been doing I adore Sam Abernathy and I hope the fact that this is numbered on Goodreads means there will be books about him Andrew Smith has such an unusual way of approaching stories about growing up and dealing with trauma His writing is imaginative moving and laugh out loud funny Every time I saw excuse mein this book it was timed perfectly to startle a laugh out of me view spoilerAnd even though his fear was unfounded Sam’s fixation with James and everything he did being murdery was written hilariously I loved the beautiful friendship that emerged despite Sam’s fears and worries hide spoiler

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The Size of the Truth (Sam Abernathy, #1) Read & download ã 2 ç A boy who spent three days trapped in a well tries to overcome his PTSD and claustrophobia so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a famous chef in this charming novel that is Andrew Smith’s first foray into middle grade storytellingWhen he was four years Or three days where he was teased by a smart aleck armadillo named Bartleby Since then his parents plan every move he makesBut Sam doesn’t like their plans He doesn’t want to go to MIT And he doesn’t want to skip two grades being stuck in the eighth grade as an eleven year old with James Jenkins the boy he. Make no mistake The Size of the Truth is a bizarre novel as per usual for Andrew Smith Certain phrases are repeated ad nauseam it's difficult to tell whether the story ultimately makes sense and the characters are a mix of neurotic personalities and hackneyed stereotypes The fact that this is a middle grade rather than YA novel though restrains Andrew Smith's wilder impulses; he avoids gratuitous grossness and nasty language and the story promotes real values Eleven year old Sam Abernathy has uite a history in his hometown of Blue Creek Texas At age four he fell down an abandoned well and it took three days for massive machines to dig him out As the drama unfolded Sam's notoriety spread across the state and crowds gathered in hopes of seeing him emerge alive from the well In the years afterward Sam realized he'll always be thought of in Blue Creek as that hapless kid but his memory of those three days in subterranean darkness has always been fuzzyuntil now An unusually bright student Sam is already starting eighth grade at age eleven His parents—especially his father—imagine him excelling in mathematics and science entering a lucrative career in technology but Sam loves to bake preferring culinary experimentation over computer science Sam knows his father disapproves but Sam has a bigger problem James Jenkins a giant of a kid that Sam suspects is a murderer in waiting James was indirectly responsible for Sam plunging down the well seven years ago and he suspects James would finish him off if given the opportunity As though eighth grade weren't stressful enough without having to worry about James I think middle school is the time in life when you first start to develop the grown up habit of pretending everything's fine when it really is not — The Size of the Truth P 18 People need kindness as much as they need food to eat Maybe —Bartleby The Size of the Truth P 228 There's a lot of small town politics for Sam to navigate James's father Kenny is a local restauranteur and critic who knows little about fine cuisine That doesn't stop him from writing scathing reviews of every eatery in town including a few dishes cooked up by Sam for the business the Abernathys own Lily Putt's Indoor Outdoor Miniature Golf Course For the Blue Creek Days festival this year Kenny Jenkins is sponsoring a Macaroni and Cheese Cook Off and Sam wants to enter and establish his reputation so he can attend culinary school But is he willing to ignore the hurt in his father's eyes when Sam rejects a career in technology As Sam contemplates the problem an incident occurs that brings back a rush of memories from the days he spent stuck in the well memories of an adventure with a talking armadillo named Bartleby Did an armadillo claiming to be a unicorn actually lead Sam through a labyrinth of dirt tunnels bumping into all manner of curiosities far underground Or was Bartleby a coping mechanism in Sam's brain buying time for the grownups to dig him out before claustrophobia shattered his psyche These uestions still linger by book's end but Sam has new clarity about what he wants from life including insight into the James Jenkins he never knew Maybe he and the murderer are just two boys desperate to please their fathers yet also wanting happiness for themselves In the end the person responsible for how your story turns out is you If you can cut through the psychedelic strangeness The Size of the Truth derives deeper understanding from Sam's trauma in the well The thought of letting his parents down horrified him at age four and still does but Bartleby points out that living primarily to not offend others is a losing game plan If all you ever want to do in life is not disappoint people wellwhere does that leave you Sam You can't fashion your own dreams if you're preoccupied with fulfilling the ambitions others have for you; pursuing your own goals is essential to achieving a sense of purpose Like most of what Andrew Smith writes The Size of the Truth is too eccentric for its own good and the repetitious phrasing gets tedious It's an improvement over The Alex Crow and Rabbit Robot though James Jenkins feels like a wholly unoriginal character and I struggle to grasp the meaning of the book but I'll rate The Size of the Truth one and a half stars and could be persuaded to consider the full two I'm no Andrew Smith fan but I find myself occasionally reading him anyway I suppose that indicates something positive about his books but I'm not sure what

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The Size of the Truth Sam Abernathy #1’s sure pushed him into the well in the first place He wants to be a chef And he’s going to start by entering the first annual Blue Creek Days Colonel Jenkins Macaroni and Cheese Cook OffThat is if he can survive eighth grade and figure out the size of the truth that has slipped Sam’s memory for seven year. When Sam was four years old he spent three days trapped in an abandoned well From that day forward he promised himself that he would never worry or disappoint his parents again As he grew older he found that promise harder and harder to keep as his parents' and his idea of his future began to diverge I don't think anyone understands how excited I was to see that Sam was getting his own series I met Sam in Stand off and was eager to read about young Sam's life As expected Smith delivered a story that was odd and interesting as well as heartwarming and thoughtful Smith touches upon a myriad of issues but there were two which stood out to me a child's need for autonomy and being true to themself You see Sam loves to cook and aspires to train with great chefs and create food that makes people happy but his parents want him to got to MIT and study science or math or BOTH They push him in academic pursuits pushing him two grades ahead though he was not socially or emotionally prepared for it I often found myself frustrated with Sam's parents especially his father but some of that was Sam's own fault He kept going along with their plans while abandoning his own Slowly while remembering his time in the hole and developing an unlikely friendship with James who he had always blamed for his accident Sam began to assert his own desires and needs and I was really proud of the way he handled it I have to say Smith really knows how to write a great bromance I wasn't always on board with the James and Sam friendship because I wasn't so sure about James but as Smith revealed and about him I found myself liking him and as well as empathizing with him about the box he was trapped in Watching Sam realize that he and James are that same than different was a big moment in the story and from there their friendship grew and grew And you know what I totally loved James by the end of this book The time in the hole was odd but I expect something strange when I read an Andrew Smith book The purpose of flipping between Sam's time in 8th grade and his time in the hole was not obvious but becomes clearer as the story wears on I enjoyed those parts but I loved the last few chapters I think I wore a smile on my face the from the first chapter during the Blue Creek Days section all the way through the end of the book It was uite a treat getting to know Sam better and I am excited to read of this series because it looks like he's heading to Pine Mountain Academy in the next book and I am so ready to go back thereARC provided in exchange for an honest review BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS