- US Edition
Every Single Second
A poignant and topical middle-grade novel about the effects of an accidental shooting on family, friendship, and community.
Twelve-year-old Nella Sabatini’s life is changing too soon, too fast. Her best friend, Clem, doesn’t seem concerned; she’s busy figuring out the best way to spend the “leap second”-an extra second about to be added to the world’s official clock. The only person who might understand how Nella feels is Angela, but the two of them have gone from being “secret sisters” to not talking at all.
Then Angela’s idolized big brother makes a terrible, fatal mistake, one that tears apart their tight-knit community and plunges his family into a whirlwind of harsh publicity and judgment. In the midst of this controversy, Nella is faced with a series of startling revelations about her parents, friends, and neighborhood. As Angela’s situation becomes dangerous, Nella must choose whether to stand by or stand up. Her heart tries to tell her what to do, but can you always trust your heart? The clock ticks down, and in that extra second, past and present merge-the future will be up to her.
USA/Canada: HarperCollins (Balzer & Bray), June 2016
ALA Notables Nominations 2017
Publishers Weekly Starred Review
“Nella’s growing awareness of endings and beginnings, the meaning of friendship, and the power of choices combine to create an unsettling, compelling, and heartwarming tale.”
Kirkus Starred Review
“With an engaging protagonist, a fast-moving story, important themes subtly conveyed, and touches of humor, this is a richly layered story that will have wide appeal.”
Junior Library Guild Selection
Named as a Junior Library Guild selection.
Tricia Springstubb has written several MG novels, all published by HarperCollins, which have been very well received – the latest being EVERY SINGLE SECOND. She is also the author of the CODY chapter-book series, published by Candlewick, with whom she also has a picture book, PHOEBE AND DIGGER.
She worked for many years as a children’s librarian in a public library, and has also been a frequent book critic for a Cleveland newspaper. In 2009 one of her short stories won the Iowa Review Fiction Award, judged by Ann Patchett. She is also a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council grant for her work.