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The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket

John Boyne

Barnaby Brocket was born into the most normal family in Australia. However, Barnaby is not normal, he floats! On the day he was born the doctors and nurses watched as he floated to the ceiling. His parents try various methods of keeping him grounded: quarantining him inside the house, weighing him with sandbags. At age eight, his mother releases his backpack and watches him float away. From this point Barnaby has wonderful adventures as he travels to Brazil, Zambia, Ireland, and outer space. Barnaby is an engaging and quirky character with irresistible charm in this tale about embracing differences. Ages 8-10