This was my first novel. It’s about losing a friendship, feeling alone, and trying to understand what happened. Then it’s about finding out that you are not actually alone, and that you can be happy again. I hope I haven’t spoiled it for you by telling you that there’s a happy ending.
I put a lot of little drawings in this book because #1 I hadn’t written anything this long before, and making little drawings boosted my courage (I was an artist before I started writing and #2 Sometimes it seems to me that words are the best way to say something, and sometimes it seems like a picture is the way to go.
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A Note from Lynne Rae: I recently made the craft that starts off chapter 6. There is a drawing, and instructions, in the book. Here is a photo of the one I made:
From reviews of All Alone in the Universe:
“An exceptional first novel. You feel at heart that this is a story of an artist being born.”
— The Horn Book (starred review)
“Debbie’s first-person narrative is sharp, funny, uneasy, spiteful, fragile.”
–ALA Booklist (starred review)
“A poignant story written with sensitivity and tenderness.”
—School Library Journal (starred review)
“Perkins gives the significance of friendship its due, and then some.”
— Kirkus Reviews