Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Ages: 10 and upPublisher: Clarion Books Author: Gary Schmidt


From the Publisher: Carter Jones is astonished early one morning when he finds a real English butler, bowler hat and all, on the doorstep—one who stays to help the Jones family, which is a little bit broken. In addition to figuring out middle school, Carter has to adjust to the unwelcome presence of this new know-it-all adult in his life and navigate the butler’s notions of decorum. And ultimately, when his burden of grief and anger from the past can no longer be ignored, Carter learns that a burden becomes lighter when it is shared.

Kemie Nix—who always has her hand on the pulse of a great read— says:  “With a ludicrous yet believable premise Carter’s travails with this unwelcome addition to the family are humorous, kindly, and fun.  Through example and direct instructions, Mr. Bowles-Fitzpatrick gradually wins over Carter, his middle school contemporaries (no small task) and the family dachshund. A wonderful read. “

Kemie Nix ©2019 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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