You Go First

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Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s You Go First is an engaging exploration of family, bullying, spelling, art, and the ever-complicated world of middle school friendships. Her perfectly pitched tween voice will resonate with fans of Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.

Twelve-year-old Charlotte Lockard and eleven-year-old Ben Boxer are separated by more than a thousand miles. On the surface, their lives seem vastly different—Charlotte lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, while Ben is in the small town of Lanester, Louisiana. Charlotte wants to be a geologist and keeps a rock collection in her room. Ben is obsessed with Harry Potter, presidential history, and recycling. But the two have more in common than they think. They’re both highly gifted. They’re both experiencing family turmoil. And they both sit alone at lunch.

Over the course of a week, Charlotte and Ben—online friends connected only by a Scrabble game—will intersect in unexpected ways, as they struggle to navigate the turmoil of middle school. This engaging story about growing up and finding your place in the world by the Newbery Medal–winning author of Hello, Universe and the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature will appeal to fans of Rebecca Stead and Rita Williams-Garcia.


  • 001 You Go First

    Duration: 35s
  • 002 Pt I-Girl With A Soda

    Duration: 07min
  • 003 Life According To Ben, Part I

    Duration: 10min
  • 004 Starfish

    Duration: 04min
  • 005 Life According To Ben, Part II

    Duration: 09min
  • 006 Plain And Simple

    Duration: 12min
  • 007 Life According To Ben, Part III

    Duration: 02min
  • 008 Pear

    Duration: 03min
  • 009 Part II-Life According To Ben, Part IV

    Duration: 04min
  • 010 The Anti-Clique

    Duration: 14min
  • 011 Life According To Ben, Part V

    Duration: 08min
  • 012 Not Just Lunch

    Duration: 03min
  • 013 Life According To Ben, Part VI

    Duration: 06min
  • 014 Probably Not

    Duration: 04min
  • 015 Life According To Ben, Part VII

    Duration: 03min
  • 016 All Lined Up 1

    Duration: 06min
  • 017 Life According To Ben, Part VIII

    Duration: 06min
  • 018 Part III-Life According To Ben, Part IX

    Duration: 03min
  • 019 That Minnesota Feeling

    Duration: 04min
  • 020 Life According To Ben, Part X

    Duration: 03min
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