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Hazel's Theory of Evolution pdf Hazel's Theory of Evolution, ebook Hazel's Theory of Evolution, epub Hazel's Theory of Evolution, doc Hazel's Theory of Evolution, e-pub Hazel's Theory of Evolution, Hazel's Theory of Evolution ca07d47a16a Just Because You Don T Understand It Doesn T Make It Illogical Hazel Knows All About Life On Earth She Could Tell You Anything From What Earthworms Eat To How Fast A Turkey Can Run That S Because When She S Not Hanging Out With Her Best Friend, Becca, Or Helping Care For The Goats On Her Family S Farm, She Loves Reading Through Dusty Old Encyclopedias But Even Hazel Doesn T Have Answers For The Questions Awaiting Her As She Enters Eighth GradeDue To Redistricting, She Has To Attend A New School Where She Worries No One Will Understand Her And At Home Things Get Worse When She Discovers One Of Her Moms Is Pregnant Hazel Can T Wait To Be A Big Sister, But Her Mom Has Already Miscarried Twice Hazel Fears It Might Happen AgainAs Hazel Struggles Through The Next Few Months, She Ll Grow To Realize That If The Answers To Life S Most Important Questions Can T Be Found In A Book, She Ll Have To Find Them Within Herself


10 thoughts on “Hazel's Theory of Evolution

  1. says:

    Full review to come soon but I loved this a lot


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    There s one section towards the end, where Mimi s talking to Hazel, and it s everything I wish I d been told when I was Hazel s age, that it s okay not to want a romantic relationship or a sexual relationship, that all the stupid heteronormative milestones and relationship expectations aren t actually requirements and it s okay to want something else, or only parts of them.


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    Thank you to the author and HarperCollins for an ARC of this book.Can I just say that I consider Lisa Jenn Bigelow one of the most underrated middle grade writers whose books I ve had the pleasure to read Last year, her book DRUM ROLL, PLEASE was one of my favorite reads of the year, and now HAZEL S THEORY OF EVOLUTION has also captured my heart I sincerely hope you ll add this book to your TBR list to when it s released on October 8th.Due to school zone restructuring, Hazel is forced to go to a new school for her last year of middle school She just wants to be invisible and make it through the year so she can be with her best friend, Becca again, but life has other plans for Hazel She s befriended by Carina, a student from her former school who is looking for a new start She also develops a sort of friendship with Yosh, and the three kids become their own group who feel like they don t quite belong, but somehow fit together But things at home are really hard for Hazel when she discovers one of her moms is pregnant after two previous miscarriages, and she tries to figure out what it means to her to be a sister There are many issues being quietly explored in this book It looks at infant sibling loss, and the impact it has on family members It addresses sexuality, and includes a transgender character who is an important part of the story, but whose sexuality is not the main focus It also addresses disability, and I love that the characters from a wide range of life experiences bring their diversity to the story in supporting roles It s a character driven book, and succeeds in drawing the reader into their lives I look forward to reading from this author, and hope you ll add her books to your TBR lists.


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    Thanks to the kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book All opinions are my own.Hazel s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn BigelowRelease date 10 8 19From the author of DRUM ROLL, PLEASE comes this quiet, character driven, middle grade novel overflowing with heart and raw emotion Introverted eighth grader, Hazel, lives a peaceful life on a goat farm with her animal books, two moms, and her older brother Her life takes an unwelcome turn when the school districts are redrawn and she finds herself in a new school without her best and only friend On top of which, one of her moms becomes pregnant after two past miscarriages a prospect which terrifies Hazel As the story unfolds, our heroine struggles internally and even experiments with hiberbating her emotions in order to protect herself from the perceived threats of heartache in her life Luckily, two new friends a kind transgender girl and an outspoken wheelchair bound boy weave their way in at just the right moment providing Hazel with some much needed humor, distraction, and kinship.Hazel is the worrier in all of us and reader s are sure to fall in love with her from the moment she discusses the importance of earthworms in Human Development class Her journey of inner growth and self discovery is both empowering and believable The handling of sensitive topics such as infant loss, sexuality, identity, and disability are expertly handled thanks to the first person narration and Bigelow s mastery of character driven story telling This book is not to be missed


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    This is one of the most heartwarming middle grade books I ve ever read Hazel has a lot going on keeping up with the family farm, surviving the eighth grade at a new school because of redistricting, and now to top it off one of her moms is pregnant again after having two miscarriages Navigating the next few months will be challenging than milking the goats on her farm, but Hazel will learn about herself along the way and form new relationships This coming of age story is perfect for new generations navigating the world, and I highly recommend it.


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    E ARC from Edelweiss PlusHazel lives on a farm with her two mothers and her older brother Rowan They have a heard of goats that her Mom milks for her business of making soaps and other products, and Mimi is a lawyer in town Because of a change in the train schedule, Hazel has to go to another middle school, leaving her friend Becca behind for 8th grade Since a girl at her old school, Kristen, was always very mean, calling Hazel goat girl and making fun of her for crying, Hazel wants to make sure she flew under everyone s radar This is rather lonely, but she eventually finds a table in the cafeteria where she can sit with Yosh, an outspoken boy with a colorful Mohawk who is in a wheelchair, and Carina Carina went to Hazel s old school, but presented as a boy then Hazel gets along well with her, and the two slowly become friends When a school family tree project is assigned, Hazel struggles She wants to include Lena and Miles, babies that Mimi had who both died before they were born, but doesn t want people to make fun of her This is an especially sensitive topic because Mimi is pregnant again, and Hazel is beside herself with fear Even Rowan, who just graduated from high school, took a gap year before going to college because he was concerned about his family coping When there is a Health and Human Development project to carry around a bag of flour and treat it as if it were an infant, Hazel s concern deepens It doesn t help that Becca has become a cheerleader, hangs out with Kristen, and doesn t often contact Hazel When Mimi goes into premature labor, she must reach out to Becca s family for help, and she realizes that she has support from all of her friends than she realized Strengths It was interesting to see a character working on a small farm there is not much of that in literature I also enjoyed Rowan as a supportive older brother The friend drama with Becca was very true to life, and Hazel s general anxiety is on trend It s nice to see Carina as a supporting character whose role is to be Hazel s friend and whose gender is not all that relevant We need literature that shows all manner of characters, and Bigelow does a good job at this Weaknesses I m still not convinced that middle grade readers want much younger siblings This was also my complaint about Lowry s Son I m old enough that miscarriages are NOT something that one talked about it seems odd to me that Lena and Miles has names and Hazel even knew what was going on When I was the age to be having children, this would have been something very much kept quiet I may or may not be speaking from personal experience about this What I really think I think it is hard to understand but important to realize that LGBTQIA people sometimes congregate There was an interview with Lisa Bunker that pointed this out, which was good for me to read because my feeling about her books was that there were a LOT of characters my students may never have met, and it might be confusing to them to have so many This interview made me understand books with characters who might feel comfortable with others like themselves Is Hazel accepting of Carina given her family background Perhaps.


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    Since kindergarten, Hazel has been known as Goat Girl Her favorite place in the world is sitting in an old pickup truck in her family s farm s pasture surrounded by the goats they raise reading science encyclopedias about undervalued animals like earthworms and cockroaches The fact that everyone thinks she is weird is made bearable by her best friend, Becca But when the middle school lines get redrawn, Hazel finds herself headed to a new middle school for eighth grade Her plan to hibernate until high school When her friendship with Becca starts falling apart and she discovers her mom is pregnant again after two stillbirths , hibernating seems like the only way to survive the turmoil around her Unfortunately, the other two students sitting at the Island of Misfit Toys AKA lunch table for friendless students seem determined to get to know Hazel, as does her health teacher Add an attachment to a flour baby assignment for sex ed, and it is hard to keep all of her feelings in hibernation Full of internal conflict, the confusion of adolescence, and the hope that family and friends bring, Hazel s story reminds me of Judy Blume for a new generation LitReviewCrew


  8. says:

    Okay I looked at the cover, read the summary, and now I m officially addicted.


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    kidlitexchange partnerThank you to the publisher harpercollinsch and the author lisajennbigelow for sharing an advance copy of Hazel s Theory of Evolution with the kidlitexchange network This character driven and emotion filled middle grades novel will hit shelves October 8, 2019.Hazel is an introvert who lives with her two moms and older brother, Rowan, on a goat farm She has one best friend, Becca, who she must leave behind as she attends a new middle school due to redistricting Hazel is set on flying under the radar and hibernating Her life is turned even upside down when she learns that Mimi, one of her mom s, is pregnant again Mimi had two previous pregnancies that ended in miscarriages, so Hazel is on edge and not sure how to handle the news The story follows Hazel as she develops new friendships, goes through growing pains and changes in old friendships, navigates her family situation, and discovers about herself There is so much to love about this book that I don t really know where to begin Hazel and her emotions feelings are so raw and real that they extend beyond the page and really get to you as you read There were times when my heart ached for Hazel as she dealt with the grief of losing her younger siblings Then there were times when I was laughing out loud I love Hazel s love of science and underdogs While I m not a huge fan of cockroaches or skunks, I get where she is coming from and I love the entries she made in her Guide to Misunderstood Creatures I love that the protagonist has two moms, a friend who is transgender, and that she is also thinking about things in her own identity like how she has no interest in romantic relationships or the thought of ever having kids One of the most powerful moments for me that really summed up the message of this book came at the end, where Mimi tells Hazel that no matter what she decides or who she grows up to be, she will always be loved for who she is This is a book and a message that so many middle grade readers need to read and hear I look forward to sharing this book with my students.


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    Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for Collabookation to review.Ugh Do you remember the uncertainty and anxiety of middle school Remember analyzing everything you said, everything others have said to you Hazel s Theory of Evolution brought me right back to that time of constant self doubt, and as uncomfortable as it was, I loved it Hazel is a quiet kid, eager to hibernate through her first year of a new school But inside, she s full of emotion, guts, and introspection She is smart and sweet, but yes, a bit odd She had a yearlong phase in which she advocated for skunks She loves reading old encyclopedias She lives on a goat farm.Up until now, Hazel has had the shelter of a wonderful friendship to protect her from mean kids who ridicule her But starting a new school, Hazel is sure the only way to fit in anywhere is to fit in nowhere Do not talk, do not laugh, make no friends Then she learns that Mimi is pregnant She s known her moms have been trying to get pregnant because she s gone through the process of losing two babies with them Hazel is not sure she can bear to see Mimi lose another pregnancy, and she definitely can t go through the grieving process againSo, in true Hazel fashion, she chooses avoidance.This book is full of so much great stuff heartbreak, love and support, friendship, grieving, healing, learning to hope, learning to find your place in the world Full of life and lessons that anyone can learn from, I recommend Hazel s Theory of Evolution to mature fifth graders and up Ideal for those temultuous middle school years


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