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Standing on Neptune
by Valerie Sherrard

Standing on Neptune

ISBN: 9781770866874

Format: Trade Paperback

Size: 5.375" x 8"


  • YAF044000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Novels in Verse

  • YAF058180 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Pregnancy

  • YAF058110 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings

Price: $16.95


Ages: 13+


Publication Date: April 15, 2023


Am I pregnant?

This question shatters the peace of seventeen-year-old Brooke Palinder’s life one Monday morning when she realizes her period is late. Although shaken, she’s determined to hide her feelings and go about her daily routine as though nothing is wrong.

Brooke’s boyfriend Ryan handles the news poorly, and she can’t bring herself to confide in anyone else, not even her best friend.

In an effort to distract herself, Brooke throws herself into a school project about Neptune, which leads her to some startling discoveries and a surprising sense of connection to the distant planet.

But by Saturday, she knows she must face the answer to the question that began her week.

Standing on Neptune is a novel in verse from the celebrated author of Counting Back from Nine, The Glory Wind, and Birdspell.

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Bronze, 2023 Moonbeam Children's Book Award (Young Adult Fiction  Mature Issues)

Shortlisted, 2023 New Brunswick Book Awards (Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction)


“A tender, intense story capturing the vast scope of a young adult’s interior universe.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Sherrard enables readers to see how differently the two teens see their relationship and this situation that they may be in. She beautifully, succinctly captures Brooke's sense of loneliness and isolation, her uncertainty and fear, and both her desire to know and her dread of knowing. … This is an insightful, thought-provoking and perceptive novel, a brief but impactful exploration of the complexities of the human heart.”

— Lisa Doucet, Atlantic Books Today

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