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'Grief becomes something oddly beautiful - and beautifully odd' Kirkus (starred review)

'Rewarding and touching' Publishers Weekly (starred review)


Following the death of his mother, Max Friedman comes to believe that he is sharing his brain with a tumour. As Max becomes focused on controlling the malignant tenant, he starts to lose touch with his friends and family, and with reality itself - so Max's father sends him off to the artsy Baldwin School to regain his footing.

Soon, Max has joined a group of theatre misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet. He befriends Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, a boy who refuses to let go of the things he loves. Max starts to feel happy, and the ghosts of his past seem to be gone for ever.

But the tumour is always lurking in the wings - until one night it knocks him down, and Max is forced to face the truth.

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'Grief becomes something oddly beautiful - and beautifully odd' -- Kirkus (starred review)

'Max's interactions with the tumor are an odd but appropriate metaphor for the sorrow, fear, guilt and lousy coping strategies of grieving. When Max finds community with others - who are just as damaged but striving to be happy - it's rewarding and touching' -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Quirky... Pixley's writing truly shines in Max's relationships with adults - his father and maternal grandmother, Mr. Cage and the play director, Ms. Pruitt. Through them, Pixley shows how dealing with loss is a communal act' --Booklist

'A novel which reqards the reader... Grief, loss, and pain are difficult emotions to read about. However, Pixley is wise enough to also show us humour, tolerance, love and friendship. She leaves us at the end of the novel with healing, hurt confronted and hope for the future' -- The School Librarian

'Funny [and] heartbreaking, Ready to Fall is a sensitive exploration of teenage grief, coming to terms with life-shattering changes and letting go of the past' -- Carousel

'Sparks of greatness' -- April is the Cruellest Month (blog)

'Heartbreakingly beautiful' --Books, Baking and Blogging

'Moving, sweet... beautifully written' -- London Freckles (blog)

'A beautifully written, emotional read' --Amy's Bookish Life (blog)

About the Author:

Marcella Pixley is a teacher and the author of two previous books for teens, Freak, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and Without Tess. She lives in Westford, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

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