Kaleidoscope Me
Kaleidoscope Me
Kaleidoscope Me
Sometimes, my mind is a kaleidoscope. Somewhere, buried beneath a hundred different swirling colors, is the original image, but as the dial turns, the original meshes with colors and becomes something completely different. Like the letter in my hand. It reminds me of how my hand shook as I tried to read my own handwriting in front of a hundred people at Mom's funeral, which swirls into the time Mom told me to date my thoughts like a book (so I could choose only the 'book' I needed whenever it was hard to focus), which becomes the conversation I overheard when Dad decided Aunt Nadine would help look after me and my brother. And then the dial turns to the first time Aunt Nadine lost it.Jadyn's world twirls out of control after her mother dies in a car accident and her forgetful Great-Aunt Nadine moves in. Her dad is never home and her best friend doesn't even know half of it. Jadyn is trying to keep it all together for her little brother, Trenton. But when Aunt Nadine disappears with Trenton in the middle of a snowstorm, Jadyn's unusual way of thinking may be the only way to find them.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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Jadyn’s mind moves like a kaleidoscope. Sometimes people think she has problems because of the way she thinks. When her mom dies, Jadyn is filled with a grief so strong that she doesn’t know if she can go on. Then one snowy day, her trouble-minded Aunt Nadine and her little brother Trenton disappear, and Jadyn begins to worry. Will she find Trenton and Aunt Nadine in time?

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Kaleidoscope Me by Hillary K. Grigonis is about a fourteen year old girl, Jadyn, whose mom died 2 years ago. In result of her mom’s death, Jadyn’s dad invites their crazy Great-Aunt Nadine to watch over her and her brother while he is at work, but it seems she does just the opposite. Aunt Nadine isn’t always ‘all there’, and will frequently believe she is in another place or time. When Aunt Nadine takes Jayden’s little brother, Trenton, out in a snowstorm and disappears, Jayden takes things into her own hands to find them.

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Kaleidoscope Me is a novel about life after the death of a loved one and learning to grow and accept change. Jadyn and her younger brother, Trenton, are left reeling after a car crash kills their mother. Their father invites aging Aunt Nadine to live with them. Jadyn isn't sure of Aunt Nadine's mental stability, and so she tries to have Aunt Nadine sent away and lies about her aunt to her best friend, Ellie. Jadyn eventually sees that her actions are wrong, but she doesn't know what to do to fix things.

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“What are you supposed to do when the person who has taught you everything you know, suddenly doesn’t even believe what they’ve taught you?”

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