The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Published by Philomel
Published on April 26th, 2016
With parents too busy to pay her attention, an older brother and sister who would rather spend their time with friends, and peers who oscillate between picking on her and simply ignoring her, it’s no wonder that Fain spends most of her time in a world of her own making. During the day, Fain takes solace in crafting her own fantastical adventures in writing, but in the darkness of night, these adventures come to life as Fain lives and breathes alongside a legion of imaginary creatures. Whether floating through space or under the sea, climbing mountains or traipsing through forests, Fain becomes queen beyond – and in spite of – the walls of her bedroom.
In time, Fain begins to see possibilities and friendships emerge in her day-to-day reality. . . yet when she is let down by the one relationship she thought she could trust, Fain must decide: remain queen of the imaginary creatures, or risk the pain that comes with opening herself up to the fragile connections that exist only in the real world? Told in breathless and visual verse, THE LONELY ONES takes readers through the intricate inner workings of a girl who struggles to navigate isolation and finds friendship where she least expects it.
About the Author:
Kelsey Sutton is the author of teen novels SOME QUIET PLACE and GARDENIA. She is also the author of two novels for middle grade readers, THE LONELY ONES and BENJAMIN. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She is currently working on a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @KelseyJSutton.
Read below for an excerpt from The Lonely Ones
against my window sill.
Then, a voice,
raspy, childlike, familiar.
It calls my name
and becomes a symphony.
“Fain, are you coming?”
“Come with us, Fain!”
“Open your eyes, Fain!”
I try to be firm,
I try to say no.
There’s a voice in my head
that whispers I’m getting too old
for these games and adventures.
The ground is so thick with mud
that someone could notice
But my little friends persist
again and again.
Their pleas batter
against my resolve,
until debris crashes down
and I am too weak to resist.
The unbearable truth is
no one will notice my tracks
because no one notices anything.
I take one of their scaly hands,
a feather tickles against my cheek.
Then I climb outside
and disappear into the night.
2 signed copies of The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton, open to US and Canada
I don’t read very many middle grade books. At almost 30 (yes, I just cringed a little bit on the inside….and the outside!) I just don’t find that middle grade books and I are very relatable. I do, however, have a thing for poetry writing, such as Ellen Hopkins’ style. That is what essentially got me started on The Lonely Ones by Kelsey Sutton, and I do not regret a second of it.
The Lonely Ones was a hauntingly beautiful book full of so much emotion that my heart literally felt like it was breaking in half. Sutton’s writing was so on point and so powerful….I’m honestly just surprised that I didn’t turn into a blubbering mess. This book was SO GOOD.
I absolutely loved the fact that The Lonely Ones is written in poetry/verse sentences. First of all, that made the book go by pretty quickly. Secondly, it created that much more of an impact for what was being read. I also really enjoyed how it switched to different scenes and a fairly rapid pace. That way I wasn’t stuck in one scene for too long. Instead, I was being shown to several different parts of Fain’s world. I really enjoyed that!
As an elementary school teacher, I highly recommend The Lonely Ones for every classroom, child, and household. This is a book that I can see myself implementing into my own curriculum. Not only does it help teach children about poetry (especially the fact that not all poetry rhymes,) but it also focuses on real life issues that a lot of kids are facing today. That’s just it…this book was SO REAL. That’s probably why my heart broke in several different scenes……this wasn’t an unrealistic book. The Lonely Ones focuses on the real and the now and it tears you up into little bitty pieces. I loved it.
Absolutely 100% recommend this book!
Rating: [rating: 5]
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