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The care and feeding of a pet black hole, Michelle Cuevas

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The care and feeding of a pet black hole
Title
The care and feeding of a pet black hole
Statement of responsibility
Michelle Cuevas
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"Eleven-year-old Stella Rodriguez finds herself in possession of a strange new pet that swallows up everything in sight when a black hole decides to follow her home"--
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  • It’s the summer of 1977, and after 11-year-old Stella Rodriguez visits NASA in a fruitless attempt to meet Carl Sagan, a black hole follows her home. Stella names him Larry, and although he tends to swallow everything around him, she realizes that he’s just trying to cuddle. But after he consumes a treasured photo of her late father she explodes in anger, causing Larry to run away. Cuevas (Confessions of an Imaginary Friend) carefully balances an energetic plot full of silliness (at one point, Stella and her younger brother get sucked into the black hole themselves, an escapade that fittingly unfolds in white print on black pages) with more introspective concerns. Stella confronts the darkness literally and figuratively as she weighs the pros and cons of keeping a black hole as a pet: sure, he can swallow up the bad things in life, but he also takes away the good. Cuevas doesn’t skirt the depths of sadness surrounding the death of a parent nor the difficulty of reconstructing one’s sense of home afterward. Sketchlike b&w line drawings appear throughout. Ages 8–12. Agent: Emily van Beek, Folio Literary Management. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 09/04/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 36, p)
  • Instead of a lost kitten, 11-year-old Stella "Bug" Rodriguez rescues a black hole she names Larry ("short for Singularity, which I'd read is a place of infinite gravity at the heart of a black hole").For a lonely, precocious, science-loving girl who idolizes Carl Sagan, nothing could be better—at least, at first. Soon the chaos of the actual black hole forces Stella to confront the metaphorical black hole of sadness left by the death of her father. Her intense grief—equaled only by her fear of confronting it head on—contrasts with the wacky humor of a slightly domesticated black hole that consumes everything, including Stinky Stu, the class hamster, a neighbor's garden gnomes, and the new family puppy. Stella and her little brother, Cosmo, embark on a surreal journey, printed in white type on a black background, through Larry's depths in search of the dog, ordering up what they need as if Larry were a cosmic, malfunctioning Siri (" ‘LAMPS!" we shouted. "NOT STAMPS. LAMPS! SWALLOW LIGHT. LIGHT!" A moment later we saw a kite sail by"). Throughout the book Stella addresses her father directly as "you," a potent reminder of the fresh intensity of her loss. Set in 1977, this quirky story is enhanced by charming pen-and-ink illustrations. Aside from Stella's surname, which suggests the family is Latinx, race and ethnicity are unspecified. An original tale of family love, scientific passion, and a truly epic journey of self-discovery. (Fantasy. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2017)
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10599082
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Cuevas, Michelle
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.C89268
LC item number
Car 2017
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 6
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True
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  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Pets
  • Grief
  • Fathers
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Imagination
  • Adventure stories
  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Pets
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Grief
  • Adventure stories
  • Black holes (Astronomy)
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Fathers
  • Grief
  • Imagination
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Pets
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The care and feeding of a pet black hole, Michelle Cuevas
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn967056546
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
202 pages
Isbn
9780399539138
Lccn
2017009696
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)967056546
Label
The care and feeding of a pet black hole, Michelle Cuevas
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn967056546
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
202 pages
Isbn
9780399539138
Lccn
2017009696
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)967056546

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