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Octavia Boone's Big Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

By Rebecca Rupp

After her parents find clashing answers to life’s big questions, it’s time for Octavia to make some choices of her own in this poignant, funny, thought-provoking novel.

Octavia’s best friend, Andrew, wants to know why time runs forward instead of backward, or if it’s possible to talk to an alien jellyfish. Octavia has much bigger questions on her mind: Why do bad things happen, like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11? What is the meaning of life? Is there a God? Octavia’s artist father, Boone, is convinced that Henry David Thoreau holds the key. Meanwhile, her mother, Ray, has always been seeking the larger meaning of life — until now. Not only have Octavia’s parents come up with different answers to the big questions, but their answers are threatening to tear her family apart. Could it be that some questions are too big to have just one answer? Could it be that the universe is far wider than Octavia’s — or perhaps anyone’s — views of it?

  • With mindfulness and humor, Rebecca Rupp bravely explores issues that young people grapple with in their adolescent years but are rarely written about in their fiction.
  • The author doesn't settle for any easy answers in a tale that is, ultimately, about a child who is helpless to rescue her family from break-up due to her parents' "irreconcilable differences."
  • A fully-realized and colorful cast of supporting characters creates not only a reassuring net of care and concern around Octavia, but provides ample comic relief, saving the novel from ever feeling too heavy, too purposeful, or cloyingly earnest. Thought-provoking fiction in the best possible package: a good and entertaining read.

About the author

Rebecca Rupp is the author of Sarah Simpson’s Rules for Living, Journey to the Blue Moon, The Dragon of Lonely Island, and The Return of the Dragon. She lives in Swanton, Vermont.

ISBN: 9780763644918
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: November 1, 2010
Dimensions: 130 x 193mm, 192pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $29.99
New Zealand RRP: $35.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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