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What if your pencil had all the answers? Would you ace every test? Would you know what your teachers were thinking? When Ava Anderson finds a scratched up pencil she doodles like she would with any other pencil. But when she writes a question in the margin of her math quiz, she hears a clear answer in a voice no one else seems to hear.
With the help of her friend Sophie, Ava figures out that the pencil will answer factual questions only – those with definite right or wrong answers – but won't predict the future. Ava and Sophie discover all kinds of uses for the pencil, and Ava's confidence grows with each answer. But it's getting shorter with every sharpening, and when the pencil reveals a scary truth about Ava's family, she realizes that sometimes the bravest people are the ones who live without all the answers...

Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on January 27, 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN-10: 1619633744
ISBN-13: 9781619633742
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  • queenpink
    queenpinkThursday, June 18, 2020 at 3:34 pm44 stars
    All the Answers is a really great book about a girl named ava who finds a magical pencil and has many adventures with it i would recommend this book to people who like fantasy books I hope you enjoy this book. :)
    • applemango
      applemangoSaturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm55 stars
      Everytime I read this book I cry. It describes the best of friendship, and most of all love. Ava finds a pencil in her family junk drawer when she is looking for a pencil to write with in math. In the middle of her math quiz she writes a question and suddenly it speaks to her! Relying on her friend Sophie she tells her what is happening. Turns out Sophie hears it too! Ava finds a passion in playing the Saxophone. Ava also learns that sometimes the truth does more harm than good. She also learns that Grandma Marion might still be beside her.
      • auntieb
        auntiebWednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:56 pm44 stars
        Ava grabs a pencil from the junk drawer in the morning, goes to take a test at school rewrites one of the answers and? Hears a voice tell her the answer?!!!! Ava is a worrier so when she starts asking the pencil all sorts of questions she gets a answer she doesn't like. But she must be brave enough to do something she doesn't want to to hopefully save a life.
        • applemango
          applemangoTuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:06 pm55 stars
          This is one of my most favorite books!!! Ava finds a old blue pencil in her family's junk drawer. Then she discovers that the pencil can give her all the answers of facts when she is writing a question on her math quiz. Then Ava slowly realizes that all the answers does more harm than good.
          • auntieb
            auntiebMonday, January 14, 2019 at 2:07 pm44 stars
            What would you do if you found a magical pencil that could answer (almost) every question? Ava finds her magical pencil in her family's junk drawer, while quickly rushing to school for a math test. Ava ALWAYS studies but then when she gets to the test all the answers fly out of her brain. But when Ava finds the pencil it gives her the confidence to succeed........Until she finds out her mom has cancer. Which means she must act normal while convincing her mom to go to the doctor while Ava faces her fears. This book teaches that sometimes it's best not to always know all the answers in life but to just sit back enjoy it and know it will all work out!
            • olliebob
              olliebobSaturday, May 26, 2018 at 3:46 pm44 stars
              Ava finds a magic pencil that gives her all the answers. She can just write down her (factual) questions and her pencil tells her the answer, but Ava quickly realizes that having all the answers isn't always a good thing. When she learns through the pencil that her mother has cancer, she will do anything to get her mom help without raising suspicion, even if it means facing her fears and anxieties. This is a thought provoking book about how we try to control everything. But not everything is in our control. Maybe knowing something but being powerless to change anything is worse than not knowing at all.
              • applemango
                applemangoMonday, April 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm55 stars
                This book is the best book ever really and truly this pencil does more harm than good. KAte Messner expresses all the feelings in this book and it talks a little about family like divorce and some adventure to try new things.
                • kimkelly
                  kimkellyThursday, January 25, 2018 at 6:21 pm55 stars
                  I LOVE THIS BOOK!1 such imagination was put into it!
                  • cupybisybiluxu
                    cupybisybiluxuFriday, December 1, 2017 at 2:01 pm
                    One lesson that Ava learns that will help her life is that knowing the future and answers would never help her life which means, knowing everything can hurt somebody's emotion or feelings. For example, Ava asks some negative questions that is relating with her family to the pencil and the pencil replies her questions, the answers made Ava frustrated and thwart, and she realizes that the pencil is causing a lot of problem. So, this means to Ava is that knowing unrevealed things and answers would not make a victorious life for her, which this made Ava pessimistic at first. And also, she realizes her life is so much better with out her extraordinary blue pencil. Consequently, knowing everything and problems would never make a triumphant life for a person. I'd rate this book an "8 out of 10." I would recommend this book because Ava is truthful and honest how she expresses her true emotions, and since the setting of this story is mostly school themed, it relates with students' life. One question that I'd ask to Ava is "How does a pencil affect and change your afterward life?"
                    • tori3ghoul
                      tori3ghoulTuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:48 pm33 stars
                      When Ava finds a magic pencil that gives you answers whenever you use it to write a question, she and her best friend, Sophie are in for a wild ride. From homework answers to first crushes, this pencil has all the answers.