web site hit counter Many Points of Me - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Many Points of Me

Availability: Ready to download

When Georgia finds a secret sketch her late father—a famed artist—left behind, the discovery leads her down a path that may reshape everything holding her family and friends together. Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a famous artist. His most-well-known paintings were a series of asterisms—patterns of stars—that he created. One represented a bird; one, himself; and one, Geor When Georgia finds a secret sketch her late father—a famed artist—left behind, the discovery leads her down a path that may reshape everything holding her family and friends together. Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a famous artist. His most-well-known paintings were a series of asterisms—patterns of stars—that he created. One represented a bird; one, himself; and one, Georgia’s mother. There was supposed to be a fourth, but Georgia’s father died before he could paint it. Georgia’s mother and Georgia's best friend, Theo, are certain that the last asterism would’ve been of Georgia, but Georgia isn’t so sure. She isn’t sure about anything anymore—including whether Theo is still her best friend. Then Georgia finds a sketch her father made of her. One with pencil points marked on the back—just like those in the asterism paintings. Could this finally be the proof that the last painting would have been of her? Georgia’s quest to prove her theory takes her around her Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was almost a second home to Georgia, since she had visited favorite artists and paintings there constantly with her father. But the sketch leads right back to where she’s always belonged—with the people who love her, no matter what.


Compare

When Georgia finds a secret sketch her late father—a famed artist—left behind, the discovery leads her down a path that may reshape everything holding her family and friends together. Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a famous artist. His most-well-known paintings were a series of asterisms—patterns of stars—that he created. One represented a bird; one, himself; and one, Geor When Georgia finds a secret sketch her late father—a famed artist—left behind, the discovery leads her down a path that may reshape everything holding her family and friends together. Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a famous artist. His most-well-known paintings were a series of asterisms—patterns of stars—that he created. One represented a bird; one, himself; and one, Georgia’s mother. There was supposed to be a fourth, but Georgia’s father died before he could paint it. Georgia’s mother and Georgia's best friend, Theo, are certain that the last asterism would’ve been of Georgia, but Georgia isn’t so sure. She isn’t sure about anything anymore—including whether Theo is still her best friend. Then Georgia finds a sketch her father made of her. One with pencil points marked on the back—just like those in the asterism paintings. Could this finally be the proof that the last painting would have been of her? Georgia’s quest to prove her theory takes her around her Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which was almost a second home to Georgia, since she had visited favorite artists and paintings there constantly with her father. But the sketch leads right back to where she’s always belonged—with the people who love her, no matter what.

30 review for Many Points of Me

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    5.0 I meant to click "Save" instead of pressing "Buy Now". I know there are no accidents. This book labeled Y/A -which I am not, is a tender and exceptional novel due to the well though out and original theme. Georgia is a twelve yr old girl living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Georgia can tell you without blinking the difference between a Mark Rothko and a Jackson Pollock painting. She can tell you the difference in brush strokes and can also site the opening and closing hours of The Met. 5.0 I meant to click "Save" instead of pressing "Buy Now". I know there are no accidents. This book labeled Y/A -which I am not, is a tender and exceptional novel due to the well though out and original theme. Georgia is a twelve yr old girl living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Georgia can tell you without blinking the difference between a Mark Rothko and a Jackson Pollock painting. She can tell you the difference in brush strokes and can also site the opening and closing hours of The Met. What she can't tell you is the pain in heart wont go away, but instead, getting worse. Georgia does not need to tell you that she is the daughter of the famous artist Hank Rosenbloom, because you know -everyone already knows that; in addition to- inheriting her fathers talent. Only Georgia knows the reason why she hasn't been able to draw or paint anything worthwhile since her father passed away a year or two ago. Somewhere hidden inside Georgia's camouflaged grief; she knows down deep what the reason is. She is sick and tired of being referred to as the famous artists daughter, but she doesn't know how to become her own person and recognized on her own merit. Her mother is an art historian busy putting together an exhibit at The Met about "Hank Rosenbloom, Artist, Man." One day Georgia finds an early sketch her father had drawn of her at the age of ten tucked away in the pocket of a portfolio she has never seen . When she turns the sketch over she sees something that will rattle her world. Mostly written in third person, we know ahead of time why Georgia struggles in her relationship with her best friend and a new friend. But right now, The NYC ART Contest is requesting submissions, where the winners of each grade will have their art displayed inside The Metropolitan Museum of Art.. Can you imagine the shock from her art teacher and her best friend when Georgia declines to enter? The scenario that follows is emotional, yet with a twist. Kudos to the author. I can now tell the difference between Jackson Pollack and Sam Francis .

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Subity

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story of 12yo Georgia's attempt to navigate grief, family, and changing friendships while trying to track down the missing clues as to whether she was the subject of her father's final paintings. The author did so well capturing the dialogue and emotions of the pre-teen main characters that they felt completely relatable to me, and I particularly loved learning so much about the world of art and its various techniques, styles, and mediums. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of 12yo Georgia's attempt to navigate grief, family, and changing friendships while trying to track down the missing clues as to whether she was the subject of her father's final paintings. The author did so well capturing the dialogue and emotions of the pre-teen main characters that they felt completely relatable to me, and I particularly loved learning so much about the world of art and its various techniques, styles, and mediums.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a renowned artist who created famous paintings of three asterisms. Georgia’s father died before he could paint the fourth one, which many believed would be his daughter, Georgia. This book is about a girl's quest to prove her theory that she mattered. The book blends history, with art, with a personal journey. The author's experience at the Met clearly informed this book because everything felt so real—the art world, the drawings, and the artist's history. The firs Georgia Rosenbloom’s father was a renowned artist who created famous paintings of three asterisms. Georgia’s father died before he could paint the fourth one, which many believed would be his daughter, Georgia. This book is about a girl's quest to prove her theory that she mattered. The book blends history, with art, with a personal journey. The author's experience at the Met clearly informed this book because everything felt so real—the art world, the drawings, and the artist's history. The first line in the book grabbed me: "Here's the thing about when your dad was a famous artist, he still lives. He still is." I love how the author referred to the artists in the present tense because even though they’ve passed away, in a way, that keeps them alive. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/car...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anne Slater

    The worst thing about this book is its title. Even after reading this book, it didn;t grab me despite its apparent connection. HOWEVER this is an amazing, engrossing, engaging, delightful, educational, emotionally -in-touch book --for anyone of any age. Well-drawn characters (main ones: two newly 12 year olds), interesting site (NYC, apartment building, curious old lady apt bldg owner/ concièrge of sorts). Secondary characters neatly drawn. Emotionally engaging: how will Georgia sort out hanging o The worst thing about this book is its title. Even after reading this book, it didn;t grab me despite its apparent connection. HOWEVER this is an amazing, engrossing, engaging, delightful, educational, emotionally -in-touch book --for anyone of any age. Well-drawn characters (main ones: two newly 12 year olds), interesting site (NYC, apartment building, curious old lady apt bldg owner/ concièrge of sorts). Secondary characters neatly drawn. Emotionally engaging: how will Georgia sort out hanging on to her life-long friend AND make new friends ? Will she figure out what to submit to the school-connected Big Deal competition? PLEASE don't read anything that gives you details on this wonderful book. Consume it alone on a sofa with a blanket, a mug of tea, a blanket, and maybe a cat or dog.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    I lost my dad at an age that was about twenty years older than this main character, so all of her feelings about this sudden hole in her life are so legitimate and reminded me with every page how lucky I was to have my dad for the time that I did. So many phases of grief, all right here in this beautiful little book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. Ever since eleven-year-old Georgia's dad died about a year and a half ago, she's been unable to create her own art. Not only does she miss her father, but she struggles with the fact that he was a famous artist and she feels like she shared him with so many other people. She desperately hopes that she was the subject of the last painting in his famous but unfinished asterism series, as her mom and her best friend, Theo, try to co Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. Ever since eleven-year-old Georgia's dad died about a year and a half ago, she's been unable to create her own art. Not only does she miss her father, but she struggles with the fact that he was a famous artist and she feels like she shared him with so many other people. She desperately hopes that she was the subject of the last painting in his famous but unfinished asterism series, as her mom and her best friend, Theo, try to convince her, but she wants to know for sure. While going through some of his old work for an exhibition at The Met, Georgia finds what she thinks might be evidence that her dad was going to choose her, and she decides to hide this information and try to confirm it on her own. As Theo’s pressure on her to enter an art competition succeeds in driving a wedge further between them, she turns to new friendships in an attempt to figure out who she is. When a good deed turns out to have disastrous consequences, Georgia and Theo must find a way to work together to set things right. Many middle grade novels have self-discovery as a theme, but the author wrote Georgia with such relatable longing for proof that she wanted to be someone who truly mattered to her father. I was so touched when she found a picture of her and Theo as children, with her father’s shoe in the corner of it, and she cut it out of the photo before hiding it back in the frame because she wanted another piece of him that belonged to her. As she became more convinced that she’d found proof of his final asterism, we saw her confidence grow and she slowly started to explore who she is now without him. Part of this meant disconnecting from the art world and Theo, and hanging out with the popular girls at school, so she could reconnect to herself in a new way. I also loved how the author handled the relationship between Georgia and Theo. Their families were extremely close, and even as the rift between the intensifies, they don’t completely lose each other. Their moms have a movie night when they aren’t speaking to each other, but they’re both still there. They attempt to reach out to each other at different times, even though the other is not yet ready to do so. When disaster strikes, the two are able to depend on each other and build a new relationship based on a different level of understanding of each other. I really enjoyed this story, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “Many Points of Me” is a beautiful, emotional middle-grade novel that talks about getting over loss and moving on. I thought the author did a brilliant job for her debut novel. She writes the story in such a realistic manner and makes you connect with the characters. Although I wouldn’t say I liked Georgia in some places, I could relate to what she was going through. The way she feels jealous of Theo because of her father’s lo [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “Many Points of Me” is a beautiful, emotional middle-grade novel that talks about getting over loss and moving on. I thought the author did a brilliant job for her debut novel. She writes the story in such a realistic manner and makes you connect with the characters. Although I wouldn’t say I liked Georgia in some places, I could relate to what she was going through. The way she feels jealous of Theo because of her father’s love was one of the story’s highlights. It was interesting to see if their friendship would reconnect or not. Georgia is an interesting character with many layers. I think a reader of any age would relate to her emotions. We are continually reinventing ourselves to try something new in life, even if we don’t know it. I enjoyed how the author tackled her feelings in forgetting about her past and fitting into a new crowd; people don’t remember her as the artist’s daughter. Theo is also an excellent supporting character, and my heart went out for him. More than Georgia, Theo was my favorite character in the story. He remained a true friend to Georgia, even when they argued. On a side note, I also enjoyed the side storyline with Mrs. Velandry and her overcoming her fears of agoraphobia. Moreover, I love reading stories where I learn something new. This book taught me about asterism, a concept I had never heard of before. The author implements art and astronomy through asterism so beautifully. Some of these passages themselves felt like viewing a work of art. Overall, I think this is a beautiful story that would resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one or has trouble moving on.

  8. 4 out of 5

    bjneary

    I read this Author Debut Book as part of my 2nd #BitAboutBooks Winter Reading Challenge for 10 points and I ached for Georgia as she grieved the death of her "famous" artist Dad from cancer a year ago. Georgia's life has been defined by her artist father and art history mother and she has loved every moment. She has been best friends with Theo since their birth and they sit around all the time working on their art. Theo is the son of single mom, Harriet, who is best friends with Georgia's mom. T I read this Author Debut Book as part of my 2nd #BitAboutBooks Winter Reading Challenge for 10 points and I ached for Georgia as she grieved the death of her "famous" artist Dad from cancer a year ago. Georgia's life has been defined by her artist father and art history mother and she has loved every moment. She has been best friends with Theo since their birth and they sit around all the time working on their art. Theo is the son of single mom, Harriet, who is best friends with Georgia's mom. Theo has a graphic novel that features him and Georgia as avengers of good against the evils of the world. But with the death of her father, Georgia is feelings things she has never felt before; jealousy of Theo, anger at her dead father and living mother, and the urge to stop her artistic endeavors because art is just not working for her anymore. When she finds a portfolio of her father's pictures of her, Georgia takes his last drawing of her at age 10, and does not tell anyone about it. She becomes consumed with trying to solve a mystery; but with no one to talk to, she feels even more alone and questions everything in her life. As Georgia begins to lie more and more, things unwind, and she is threatened with so many questions and feelings--will she be able to right her wrongs? I loved this debut novel, the characterization, the plot and oh what I learned and loved about all the art techniques and colors was just awesome. A must read!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    What a lovely, poignant novel about loss, connection, identity, and art! I love how MANY POINTS OF ME explores what it’s like to grieve someone who was a famous artist—who is still discussed in the present tense and still “belongs” to so many people in so many ways. Georgia’s longing to stay connected to her father nearly two years after his death is tenderly drawn, and her desire to keep part of his legacy to herself is powerful and understandable. This is a thoughtful, nuanced, and relatable s What a lovely, poignant novel about loss, connection, identity, and art! I love how MANY POINTS OF ME explores what it’s like to grieve someone who was a famous artist—who is still discussed in the present tense and still “belongs” to so many people in so many ways. Georgia’s longing to stay connected to her father nearly two years after his death is tenderly drawn, and her desire to keep part of his legacy to herself is powerful and understandable. This is a thoughtful, nuanced, and relatable story that offers a lot of insights about grief and self-discovery. I love the NYC setting and all the details about art—both Georgia’s and her dad’s!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Beautiful debut novel that I will definitely be recommending to colleagues and students. With extremely likable characters, mystery around her fathers paintings, and sweet hope mixed in with the realness and sadness of her fathers death, I was on board from the beginning and had to see Georgia’s story through. I enjoyed the way the author brought together art and the self discovery the main character was going through to really portray some deep and touching moments. Thanks to Netgalley and Harp Beautiful debut novel that I will definitely be recommending to colleagues and students. With extremely likable characters, mystery around her fathers paintings, and sweet hope mixed in with the realness and sadness of her fathers death, I was on board from the beginning and had to see Georgia’s story through. I enjoyed the way the author brought together art and the self discovery the main character was going through to really portray some deep and touching moments. Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing me with an eARC.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Edweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. A book about art, loss, friendship and self, there is a lot packed into this middle grade novel. Georgia is a great character with an amazing friend in Theo. I liked this one a lot and think a lot of readers will find themselves in some aspect of Georgia. I think this one will find a place on many library and classroom shelves.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kylie DeFries

    A beautifully written book about grief, adventure, and growing up. The ending was perfect and really brought everything together. It's always hard figuring things out when they don't go directly the way you want it, but the lessons you learn and the adventure you go through while figuring all of that out, especially when it comes to finding out who you are, is such a rewarding experience and definitely worth it! A beautifully written book about grief, adventure, and growing up. The ending was perfect and really brought everything together. It's always hard figuring things out when they don't go directly the way you want it, but the lessons you learn and the adventure you go through while figuring all of that out, especially when it comes to finding out who you are, is such a rewarding experience and definitely worth it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I think that this one is really special, and not just because it made me cry. This gets the timbre of grief and loss and change exactly right. Give it to all the tweens you know, but read it yourself first. It's that good. I think that this one is really special, and not just because it made me cry. This gets the timbre of grief and loss and change exactly right. Give it to all the tweens you know, but read it yourself first. It's that good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terry Jennings

    It’s difficult when you lose a father. But even more difficult when it seems like your relationship with him is also erased. Like you weren’t as important to him as you thought you were, as you should have been. Your friend may have occupied the place which was rightfully yours. Georgia’s father was an artist and Georgia finds a clue to her importance and her own art in seemingly unimportant points. She follows those clues to her achieving self worth and the understanding of her relationship wit It’s difficult when you lose a father. But even more difficult when it seems like your relationship with him is also erased. Like you weren’t as important to him as you thought you were, as you should have been. Your friend may have occupied the place which was rightfully yours. Georgia’s father was an artist and Georgia finds a clue to her importance and her own art in seemingly unimportant points. She follows those clues to her achieving self worth and the understanding of her relationship with her father.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Vitalis

    A budding artist, eleven-year-old Georgia has been unable to to find her artistic footing since losing her father (a famous painter) a year-and-a-half earlier. Georgia is convinced that the key to her healing is to find proof that the last painting in her father's unfinished series was intended to be of her. But clues remain elusive and as Georgia searches, she's forced to confront questions about who she is--not only as an artist, but also as a daughter and a friend. The invitation to join a ne A budding artist, eleven-year-old Georgia has been unable to to find her artistic footing since losing her father (a famous painter) a year-and-a-half earlier. Georgia is convinced that the key to her healing is to find proof that the last painting in her father's unfinished series was intended to be of her. But clues remain elusive and as Georgia searches, she's forced to confront questions about who she is--not only as an artist, but also as a daughter and a friend. The invitation to join a new and exciting social circle threatens her lifelong friendship with her best friend Theo, a situation that escalates when their mutual artistic goals clash with her search for the truth. The author handles these topics with a deft and sensitive hand and the reader can't help but come away from the story feeling a renewed sense of hope. In addition, the art descriptions woven throughout this story add layers to the narrative and the delicate pencil sketches at the start of every chapter balance perfectly with the emotional heart of the story. This is a gorgeous, compelling book that leaves me looking forward to whatever comes next from this debut author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Caroline Gertler’s MANY POINTS OF ME is a poignant and beautiful book about the fault lines that loss can leave in an individual, in a family, and among friends. Georgia’s search for her own truth within her artist father’s legacy is so sensitively portrayed. Your heart hurts for her, and you root for her to find the peace that she needs. MANY POINTS OF ME is a coming-of-age tale that will bring tears to your eyes, and also an art-world mystery that will make you pine for a trip to the Met. Many Caroline Gertler’s MANY POINTS OF ME is a poignant and beautiful book about the fault lines that loss can leave in an individual, in a family, and among friends. Georgia’s search for her own truth within her artist father’s legacy is so sensitively portrayed. Your heart hurts for her, and you root for her to find the peace that she needs. MANY POINTS OF ME is a coming-of-age tale that will bring tears to your eyes, and also an art-world mystery that will make you pine for a trip to the Met. Many, many thanks to the author and to Greenwillow Books / Harper Collins Children’s for the eARC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Pace

    I received a free copy of this book in the Goodreads Giveaway. It was a quick, easy read but I felt like I wanted more from the book. It seemed to repeat the same thoughts and conversations over and over again. There was not a whole lot of action.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kaela Noel

    This is a wonderful book—beautifully crafted and emotionally complex. It has deep heart, an engrossing mystery, and a vivid sense of place. Georgia has struggled to process her emotions and place in the world since the death of her father, a famous New York City painter. When she discovers clues to a mystery involving an unfinished series of his paintings, she is forced to examine her own sense of self and role in the world as she attempts to find out what he intended before he passed away. This This is a wonderful book—beautifully crafted and emotionally complex. It has deep heart, an engrossing mystery, and a vivid sense of place. Georgia has struggled to process her emotions and place in the world since the death of her father, a famous New York City painter. When she discovers clues to a mystery involving an unfinished series of his paintings, she is forced to examine her own sense of self and role in the world as she attempts to find out what he intended before he passed away. This book is so authentic in the way I craved as a kid. When I was around 11, I began to long for books that did not patronize me or assume I needed references dumbed down. I loved accessible, engaging stories that nevertheless remained genuine and multilayered. I relished tracking down new information and absorbing unfamiliar details of other worlds, other ways of living, other communities that I discovered through reading fiction. MANY POINTS OF ME is exactly like this. The references to artworks, artists, and places in New York City feel perfectly balanced and engaging, yet still just challenging enough to be inspiring and feel real. I grew up in and around New York City and previously worked in the art world, and I loved the accuracy in Gertler’s depiction of both. She really brings Georgia’s Upper West Side neighborhood to life, right down to the particular scents, textures, and details, not only in the streetscapes but also in the relationships among neighbors within Georgia’s apartment building. I also loved the vivid, affectionate depiction of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Kids who have been there will revel in peeking behind the scenes; kids who have not visited will feel like they have after reading this. I also love, love, love the spot art. Gertler’s prose is beautiful and precise. A few favorite quotes (from the pre-publication ARC): “I hear his voice saying one of his favorite phrases about art: ‘Practice makes perfect.’ I never got the chance to ask him what it means if you keep practicing and only get worse—not better. Nowhere close to perfect. Is there such a thing as perfect in art, anyway? How do you know when you’ve gotten to it? And, what if you decide that you can’t reach it, so you just stop trying?” I love how that quote raises so many questions around what art is, how it might be different from craft (or not), and the insight it gives into Georgia's way of thinking. Another quote: “I wish that from today on, the new me will start to feel less mixed up. I’m becoming less like a cut-paper silhouette and more like a Louise Nevelson sculpture—lots of different pieces that don’t seem to fit together, but make sense as a whole once they’re placed in the same work of art.” This is a sophisticated, nuanced, yet accessible middle grade novel that deserves all the stars. A must read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    3? 3.5 rounded up The short of it summary: This was good, fine, I wanted something more from it. ————————————- The longer review: I don’t feel like I can accurately rate it well though. When I started I had the familiar thought I have which is that I believe that MG can be compelling without having a parent die. It’s an important trope and I’ve read some beautiful MG that uses it.. BUT as an avid MG and YA reader (and teacher) I’m well aware of how overused it is. It’s a lot. Does this drive anyo 3? 3.5 rounded up The short of it summary: This was good, fine, I wanted something more from it. ————————————- The longer review: I don’t feel like I can accurately rate it well though. When I started I had the familiar thought I have which is that I believe that MG can be compelling without having a parent die. It’s an important trope and I’ve read some beautiful MG that uses it.. BUT as an avid MG and YA reader (and teacher) I’m well aware of how overused it is. It’s a lot. Does this drive anyone else nuts too? Anyways, that’s not this particular books fault, sorry book. Things I liked: appreciated the tensions of friendships and choices. I liked the modeling of two close moms/ family friends and navigating that as humans change, and making space for one another as best we can. I liked that there was an art background. & I love visiting museums through books. The eh: 1. I’m currently in the waves of grief and don’t trust my review. Or I do, but I recognize I’m in a particular space and was ready to wrap this up which isn’t a great way to give an ARC a shot. To be fair, I was annoyed about the parental death before that and I do read a ton of MG so I do trust my general. But beyond that I just felt this book was lacking a little more dynamic beyond the death that makes it worthwhile and not a crutch. 2. I felt disappointed by the art integration. I was ready for a super art immersive book based on the blurb as well as a good mystery/ reveal. I found both of those parts to be much more eh; ok, than I was expecting. All in all- it’s good and sweet. It didn’t rock my world and it likely won’t be something that I’d remember after a bit to rec to kiddos over other books, but I’d be happy to see it in a classroom library and say, oh I read that it was nice enough. Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alysa

    Thank you to the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read an arc of MANY POINTS OF ME. It's been a year since Georgia's father- a famous painter, best known for his Asterisms series--died, and Georgia has not adjusted to life without him. Making her own art offers no comfort, in fact, it only serves to enhance her pain and sadness. Spending time with her best friend and neighbor, Theo, offers even less comfort--Theo shared a special bond with Georgia's father, a fact she's growing to Thank you to the author and the publisher for the opportunity to read an arc of MANY POINTS OF ME. It's been a year since Georgia's father- a famous painter, best known for his Asterisms series--died, and Georgia has not adjusted to life without him. Making her own art offers no comfort, in fact, it only serves to enhance her pain and sadness. Spending time with her best friend and neighbor, Theo, offers even less comfort--Theo shared a special bond with Georgia's father, a fact she's growing to resent. And then there's the upcoming retrospective of her father's life and work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that her mother is curating. Sharing her father's memory with the world only makes things harder. Searching for a piece of her father to call her very own, Georgia sets out to prove that her father intended her to be the subject of the last painting in the Asterisms series. At the same time, Georgia's inclusion into a popular group of girls creates a rift between her and Theo. A skillfully built, and beautifully written character study, MANY POINTS OF ME, explores loss, self-discovery, and the ties that bind through the lens of art. Deeply philosophical ideas are deftly handled and explored. These are all questions many MG readers are beginning to confront, and this book provides a landscape in which to explore. I loved how the author wove in both STEM and art themes creating lovely connections for teachers and students to discover. I look forward to many more stories from this writer!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kaitlin

    Gertler's debut novel is a character driven story about friendship, loss, art, and moving forward. When Georgia starts to feel "stuck" in her world, she realizes that she must change a few things to see things from a different perspective. Georgia and Theo's relationship is more than best friends, they act like siblings, but Georgia starts to feel like something needs to change. When Georgia becomes friends with Harper, a new girl at school, the dynamic between them shifts, and instead of her "g Gertler's debut novel is a character driven story about friendship, loss, art, and moving forward. When Georgia starts to feel "stuck" in her world, she realizes that she must change a few things to see things from a different perspective. Georgia and Theo's relationship is more than best friends, they act like siblings, but Georgia starts to feel like something needs to change. When Georgia becomes friends with Harper, a new girl at school, the dynamic between them shifts, and instead of her "go with the flow" attitude, Georgia starts to get pulled into middle school drama. On top of that, after her father's death, Georgia feels a sense of jealousy towards Theo, and the relationship he had with her dad. While helping her mom get an exhibit together that honors her father's life and art, Georgia finds something that could explain his final work, sketches that he did of her. While Georgia wants to keep these for herself, she is torn about what the right things to do is...give them to her Mom so that they are shared with the world, or keep them to herself and try to solve the mystery of their meaning. What's an almost-12-year old to do! This novel is a perfect tween pick, it intertwines the themes of family, friendship, and the art world of NYC. While complicated, all of these worlds come together in Georgia's life. The reader is taken on this emotional journey with Georgia and those closest to her, where everyone is just trying to figure out where they belong!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    5 Stars! Many Points of Me follows twelve-year-old Georgia as she is grieving the death of her father from two years before. Georgia loves art, and her dad was a very famous artist before he passed away, but since that day two years ago, Georgia is having a hard time painting anything. She is trying to figure out who she wants to be while stepping out of her dad’s shadow and famous reputation. Georgia is meeting new friends in the popular “mermaids” group, but is also still trying to keep her fr 5 Stars! Many Points of Me follows twelve-year-old Georgia as she is grieving the death of her father from two years before. Georgia loves art, and her dad was a very famous artist before he passed away, but since that day two years ago, Georgia is having a hard time painting anything. She is trying to figure out who she wants to be while stepping out of her dad’s shadow and famous reputation. Georgia is meeting new friends in the popular “mermaids” group, but is also still trying to keep her friendship intact with her best friend, Theo. This book hits pretty hard topics. It addresses grief, cancer, loss of a parent, changing friend groups, jealousy between friends, but these hard-hitting topics are intertwined in a story about art. There is a little bit of mystery behind a missing art piece, and the first-person narration portrays the twelve-year-old mind flawlessly. I felt for Georgia and I think young readers will too. I love when an author smashes it out of the park with their debut novel, and this author did just that. I can’t wait to pick up more books by Caroline Gertler. This book was stunning and emotional. It’s a story of loss while trying to figure out your own path. I would recommend this to everyone. In fact, this might be the next book for my 10-year-old daughter! She loves hard-hitting contemporary books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Meg Eden

    Boy, did I eat this book up! I’m grateful to have won a copy of this book in a Kidlit411 giveaway. This book follows Georgia—a budding artist who lives with her father’s legacy on her shoulders. She’s struggling to figure out who she is, and how to relate to her friend who also loved her dad. She feels jealous and protective of her dad both from art fans and her friend. Her father never finished the last painting in his series, so Georgia goes on a quest to prove she was supposed to be the subje Boy, did I eat this book up! I’m grateful to have won a copy of this book in a Kidlit411 giveaway. This book follows Georgia—a budding artist who lives with her father’s legacy on her shoulders. She’s struggling to figure out who she is, and how to relate to her friend who also loved her dad. She feels jealous and protective of her dad both from art fans and her friend. Her father never finished the last painting in his series, so Georgia goes on a quest to prove she was supposed to be the subject in his last painting, not her friend. It’s wonderfully embedded in the world and language of art. Georgia is so relatable; she has a great voice but also understandable mistakes. She’s not always likable in her jealousies and conformity to a new friend group, but we see why she makes these choices, and we understand how we might make similar choices in her shoes. I love how it talks about living in the shadow of a friend’s talent and a family legacy, but that in the end, Georgia finds a unique way to shine all on her own. Highly recommended; one of my favorite MG reads of the year.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    A beautifully-written and moving story about a young girl's grief for her father, a famous artist, who died of cancer a year ago. When Georgia's mother starts putting together a retrospective exhibit on Georgia's dad for the Met in NYC, she brings home stacks of papers. Georgia finds a previously-unknown sketch of herself at age 10, and discovers something amazing on the back. At the same time, she gets into a fight with her best friend, Theo. He urges her to enter an art contest for students, t A beautifully-written and moving story about a young girl's grief for her father, a famous artist, who died of cancer a year ago. When Georgia's mother starts putting together a retrospective exhibit on Georgia's dad for the Met in NYC, she brings home stacks of papers. Georgia finds a previously-unknown sketch of herself at age 10, and discovers something amazing on the back. At the same time, she gets into a fight with her best friend, Theo. He urges her to enter an art contest for students, the same one he's entering. But Georgia is no longer sure if she wants to be an artist like her dad. She's no longer sure of anything. This touching story of Georgia's twelfth year, and her changing friendships and family relationships, will draw you in from the first page. And the art mystery will intrigue you. New York City is another character in this impressive MG novel. Excellent and convincing MG voice!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    Adolescence is hard and is made harder when you lose a parent, This is what happens to Georgia in Many Points of Me. It's been difficult around Georgia's house without her dad, a renowned artist. Trying to help her cope are her mom, best friend and an elderly neighbor. Each of them had a unique relationship with Georgia's dad, and their love for one another help them cope during a difficult time. The story focuses on an art exhibit showcasing her father's work and dredges up a whole host of memor Adolescence is hard and is made harder when you lose a parent, This is what happens to Georgia in Many Points of Me. It's been difficult around Georgia's house without her dad, a renowned artist. Trying to help her cope are her mom, best friend and an elderly neighbor. Each of them had a unique relationship with Georgia's dad, and their love for one another help them cope during a difficult time. The story focuses on an art exhibit showcasing her father's work and dredges up a whole host of memories for those that knew him best. While preparing things for the show, Georgia discovers something in her father's work that had been previously unnoticed. And as it is with life, while she's uncovering things about her father, she's also discovering truths about herself as well. Gertler's story, Many Points of Me is a study in loss while trying to find one's self. She hits a vein of truth with a heartfelt message many need to hear.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A heartwarming story of friendship, grief, and art. Georgia's famous artistic father died a few years ago. She misses him, but also feels like she has had to share him and his death with the world. Her mother is busy planning an exhibit at the Met and Georgia's father's art work is all over the apartment. When Georgia discovers some crude sketches on the back of one piece her father did of her when she was 10, she feel like she stumbled on the notes of his last painting - one that was never paint A heartwarming story of friendship, grief, and art. Georgia's famous artistic father died a few years ago. She misses him, but also feels like she has had to share him and his death with the world. Her mother is busy planning an exhibit at the Met and Georgia's father's art work is all over the apartment. When Georgia discovers some crude sketches on the back of one piece her father did of her when she was 10, she feel like she stumbled on the notes of his last painting - one that was never painted. At the same time her BFF is bugging her to join him in entering work into the art contest. When she refuses, her friendship with Theo are strained. Hanging with the new girl is also causing problems. Georgia needs to fix her friendship and tell her mom about the drawings. Georgia is a great character who really grows throughout the story. DRC from Edelweiss and Harper Collins

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    Fourth book in a row I've [unintentionally] read where the narrator has a deceased parent. This MG novel set in NYC follows Georgia, the daughter grieving the loss of her artist father who she felt she always had to share with the world. Written in a similar vein to extremely loud and incredibly close, but this final product worked more for me as a reader. Appreciate the description of the MET and all of the artists and paintings included. Having Georgia associate people with colors made me see h Fourth book in a row I've [unintentionally] read where the narrator has a deceased parent. This MG novel set in NYC follows Georgia, the daughter grieving the loss of her artist father who she felt she always had to share with the world. Written in a similar vein to extremely loud and incredibly close, but this final product worked more for me as a reader. Appreciate the description of the MET and all of the artists and paintings included. Having Georgia associate people with colors made me see her as an artist. Liked the cover design except for the portrayal of Georgia...didn't match what I had in my head. Georgia's friendship with "the mermaids" didn't work for me, as they neither felt like true friends, but nor was there fallout over the falsehood. *won a hardcover copy from Twitter giveaway. Will put in my classroom library.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    In MANY POINTS OF ME, Caroline Gertler mixes art, family, and friendship. Georgia’s famous-artist father died a year ago and she’s still struggling to adjust to her life without him. When Georgia discovers that her father may have intended to include her as last in his most famous series of paintings, she sets out to find out proof. In so, she gets to know more about the father she misses, and about herself as an artist as well. Gertler’s prose is very readable and I loved that while Georgia dou In MANY POINTS OF ME, Caroline Gertler mixes art, family, and friendship. Georgia’s famous-artist father died a year ago and she’s still struggling to adjust to her life without him. When Georgia discovers that her father may have intended to include her as last in his most famous series of paintings, she sets out to find out proof. In so, she gets to know more about the father she misses, and about herself as an artist as well. Gertler’s prose is very readable and I loved that while Georgia doubts herself as an artist since her father died, we as readers witnessed that she views the world with an artist’s eye and I loved her vivid descriptions of colors. I’d recommend this to art lovers and book lovers alike. Content warning: Parental death, pet death

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a very enjoyable new middle grade novel which explores friendship, grief and art. I'm always a fan of books set in New York City, especially those that give us a glimpse of what it is like to live in the city and interact with it on a day to day basis. (Must be why this book is compared to When You Reach Me and Basil E. Frankweiler.) The author is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I found myself immersed in this aspect of the book, learning about art and artists was a defini This is a very enjoyable new middle grade novel which explores friendship, grief and art. I'm always a fan of books set in New York City, especially those that give us a glimpse of what it is like to live in the city and interact with it on a day to day basis. (Must be why this book is compared to When You Reach Me and Basil E. Frankweiler.) The author is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and I found myself immersed in this aspect of the book, learning about art and artists was a definite bonus. And the ending - LOVED it! I look forward to purchasing this title for our school library.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Frenkel

    I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this beautiful, heart-warming book. 12-year old Georgia navigates the aftermath of her artist father's death as her mother curates an exhibit of his work at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Georgia is unsure about following in her father's footsteps and chooses NOT to enter the NYC ART art competition that she and her best friend, Theo, had planned to do. This story of loss and grief is also about friendship and self-discovery, not to mention a lovely I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this beautiful, heart-warming book. 12-year old Georgia navigates the aftermath of her artist father's death as her mother curates an exhibit of his work at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Georgia is unsure about following in her father's footsteps and chooses NOT to enter the NYC ART art competition that she and her best friend, Theo, had planned to do. This story of loss and grief is also about friendship and self-discovery, not to mention a lovely lesson in art theory and some of our world's most famous visual artists. Many Points of Me is a pure joy.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.