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Young Adult Fiction Novels In Verse

Standing on Neptune

by (author) Valerie Sherrard

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Novels in Verse, Emotions & Feelings, Pregnancy
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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    Publish Date
    Apr 2023
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 13 to 18


Am I pregnant?

This question shatters the peace of seventeen-year-old Brooke Palinder’s life one Monday morning when she realizes her period is late. Although shaken, she’s determined to hide her feelings and go about her daily routine as though nothing is wrong.

Brooke’s boyfriend Ryan handles the news poorly, and she can’t bring herself to confide in anyone else, not even her best friend.

In an effort to distract herself, Brooke throws herself into a school project about Neptune, which leads her to some startling discoveries and a surprising sense of connection to the distant planet.

But by Saturday, she knows she must face the answer to the question that began her week.

Standing on Neptune is a novel in verse from the celebrated author of Counting Back from Nine, The Glory Wind, and Birdspell.

About the author

Valerie Sherrard first decided to become an author when she was in grade six! Her homeroom teacher that year, Mr. Alf Lower, praised and encouraged her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. After producing about a dozen books for teens, Sherrard turned her hand to picture books. There’s a COW Under My Bed! introduces Oscar Ollie Brown, who will be embarking on his second adventure in There’s a Goldfish in my Shoe! in the fall of 2009. Since becoming a published author, Sherrard has enjoyed visiting many classrooms and libraries to speak to young people about writing, literacy, and most of all, finding and following your dreams. Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie has spent time in a number of provinces, including her current home of New Brunswick. She lives in Miramichi with her husband Brent and their four cats: Lilly, Thragg, Patootie and Cody.

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  • Short-listed, New Brunswick Book Awards (Mrs. Dunster’s Award for Fiction)
  • Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues, Bronze

Editorial Reviews

“5/5 stars. Highly Recommended”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A tender, intense story capturing the vast scope of a young adult’s interior universe.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Sherrard enables readers to see how differently the two teens see their relationship and this situation that they may be in. She beautifully, succinctly captures Brooke's sense of loneliness and isolation, her uncertainty and fear, and both her desire to know and her dread of knowing. … This is an insightful, thought-provoking and perceptive novel, a brief but impactful exploration of the complexities of the human heart.”

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