Blood Brothers Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Rob Sanders
Critically Reviewed
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  1. PaperBack
    Price $10.95
Written By Rob Sanders
Critically Reviewed
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Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

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Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

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Blood Brothers Trade Book (Paperback)

Written By Rob Sanders
Written By Rob Sanders
Critically Reviewed
Critically Reviewed
Award Winner
Award Winner

Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

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Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

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Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

  1. PaperBack
    Price $10.95
SKU WW-NL5577
ISBN 9781478869283
Series Reycraft Books
Number Level 70
SKU WW-NL5577
ISBN 9781478869283
Series Reycraft Books
Number Level 70
Lexile level NP
Letter Level X
Genre Novel, Realistic Fiction
Language English
Theme Growing Up in Tough Times
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Price $10.95
Awards

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

NCTE 2023 Notable Verse Novel

Author & Illustrator

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQIA+ literary nonfiction picture books. He taught elementary school for seventeen years, retiring in 2019 to dedicate more time to writing. Rob’s nonfiction books continue to break new ground, including the first picture books about the Pride Flag, the Stonewall Uprising, a transgender Civil War soldier, a gay presidential candidate, and the first gay marriage in America. His work also continues to introduce readers to heroes of the LGBTQIA+ community—from Harvey Milk to Gilbert Baker, from Cleve Jones to Bayard Rustin to Jeanne Manford, and more.  His fiction explores friendship, relationships, standing up for others, and being allies. Blood Brothers is his first middle grade novel. Rob also pays it forward. He serves as co-regional advisor for SCBWI Florida and is a frequent speaker, teacher, mentor, coach, and critiquer. Visit Rob’s website at robsanderswrites.com.

Reviews

“Heartbreaking yet hopeful. An emotional portrayal of illness, discrimination, and personal growth.”

—Kirkus Reviews

"This extraordinary middle-grade novel would be a powerful book as a read aloud or to discuss in literature circles. Readers will be inspired to think about their fears and prejudices, wonder about their own actions and reactions if they were a part of the same classrooms or community as the Johnston brothers, and consider whether they would be brave enough to stand up for someone with HIV, AIDS or another disease and someone different from themselves. Although this book describes unfounded fear and hate, it also depicts agency, love, and hope." --Deanna Day, published in The University of Arizona Worlds of Words Review Volume XV, Issue 3 2023

Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

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Details:
SKU WW-NL5577
ISBN 9781478869283
Series Reycraft Books
Number Level 70
Lexile level NP
Letter Level X
Genre Novel, Realistic Fic Novel, Realistic Fiction
Language English
Theme Growing Up in Tough Growing Up in Tough Times
Juvenile Fiction / S Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
Juvenile Fiction / Family / Siblings
Juvenile Fiction / Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Full Description

Calvin Johnston’s secret is out. He and his brothers are tainted. Untouchable. And the bad blood flowing through their veins is threatening to kill them. So are some of their neighbors in Ashland, the “Friendliest Little Town” in Florida. The Johnston brothers are kicked out of everything—school, baseball, scouts, even church. Ashland’s anger has erupted into a fireball of hate. The only silver lining is that Calvin’s best friend Izzy lives 65 miles away at the beach, and has no idea about his secret. But news has a way of spreading. Calvin and his brothers are in the fight of their lives. As a matter of fact, they’re fighting for life itself.

Author & Illustrator

Rob Sanders

Rob Sanders is a teacher who writes and a writer who teaches. He is known for his funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction picture books and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQIA+ literary nonfiction picture books. He taught elementary school for seventeen years, retiring in 2019 to dedicate more time to writing. Rob’s nonfiction books continue to break new ground, including the first picture books about the Pride Flag, the Stonewall Uprising, a transgender Civil War soldier, a gay presidential candidate, and the first gay marriage in America. His work also continues to introduce readers to heroes of the LGBTQIA+ community—from Harvey Milk to Gilbert Baker, from Cleve Jones to Bayard Rustin to Jeanne Manford, and more.  His fiction explores friendship, relationships, standing up for others, and being allies. Blood Brothers is his first middle grade novel. Rob also pays it forward. He serves as co-regional advisor for SCBWI Florida and is a frequent speaker, teacher, mentor, coach, and critiquer. Visit Rob’s website at robsanderswrites.com.

Awards

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

NCTE 2023 Notable Verse Novel

Reviews

“Heartbreaking yet hopeful. An emotional portrayal of illness, discrimination, and personal growth.”

—Kirkus Reviews

"This extraordinary middle-grade novel would be a powerful book as a read aloud or to discuss in literature circles. Readers will be inspired to think about their fears and prejudices, wonder about their own actions and reactions if they were a part of the same classrooms or community as the Johnston brothers, and consider whether they would be brave enough to stand up for someone with HIV, AIDS or another disease and someone different from themselves. Although this book describes unfounded fear and hate, it also depicts agency, love, and hope." --Deanna Day, published in The University of Arizona Worlds of Words Review Volume XV, Issue 3 2023

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