Caleb and Kit

Caleb and Kit are two middle school age kids with some issues. One of the things I appreciate most about this book was its honesty. Caleb has a chronic illness, and his everyday life is messy. His parents are divorced, and that doesn't help matters. Kit's life isn't too neat either. She lives alone with her Mom and since her Grandma died and things haven't been going so well.

Caleb has Cystic fibrosis and I could tell that the author did her research as the details are spot on. That kind of chronic illness takes a toll on families and friends and it is nice to have a middle-grade book approach the topic so well.

For awhile, I almost wondered if Kit were a real girl.  I had no problem entertaining the thought that she might be a fairy and not human at all. In the end, I think Kit is one of those people brought into Caleb's life at exactly the right time for both of them. I don't want to give too much away, but the takeaway theme that I got and that I think kids will see is that real life (everyone's) is messy and complicated and no one has it all together. You do your best every day to not hurt the people you love and try and go from there.  That's a lesson well worth internalizing in middle school.

Side note that this book gives the reader a complete and I think an accurate version of life with cystic fibrosis and touches on mental health themes. I would have no problem handing this to a middle schooler knowing we'd be having some follow-up discussions about the characters.

I read a DRC of Caleb and Kit from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.