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Just shy of ordinary / A.J. Sass.

Sass, A. J., (author.).


"Thirteen-year-old Shai is an expert problem-solver. There's never been something they couldn't research and figure out on their own. But there's one thing Shai hasn't been able to logic their way through: picking at the hair on their arms. Ever since their mom lost her job, the two had to move in with family friends, and the world went into pandemic lockdown, Shai's been unable to control their picking. Now, as the difficult times recede and everyone begins to discover their “new normal,” Shai's hoping the stress that caused their picking will end, too. After reading that a routine can reduce anxiety, Shai makes a plan to create a brand new normal for themself that includes going to public school. But when their academic evaluation places them into 9th grade instead of 8th, it sets off a chain of events that veer off the path Shai had prepared for, encouraging Shai to learn how to accept life's twists and turns, especially when you can't plan for them." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780316506175
  • ISBN: 0316506176
  • Physical Description: 372 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2024.

Content descriptions

Target Audience Note:
Ages 8-12.
Subject: Gender identity > Juvenile fiction.
Anxiety in adolescence > Juvenile fiction.
Self-mutilation > Juvenile fiction.
Mothers > Juvenile fiction.
Unemployment > Juvenile fiction.
Middle school students > Juvenile fiction.
Schools > Juvenile fiction.
Families > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Jews > United States > Juvenile fiction.
Change > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: School fiction.
Queer fiction.
Domestic fiction.

Available copies

  • 10 of 13 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Cass County.


  • 0 current holds with 13 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Cass County Library-Harrisonville J SAS 2024 (Text) 0002206338051 New Juvenile Books Available -
Cass County Library-Northern Resource Center J SAS 2024 (Text) 0002206338044 New Juvenile Books Reshelving -

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