The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 3 - 7Grades 5 - 10Un/an/a
Barnaby Brocket is an ordinary 8-year-old boy in most ways, but he was born different in one important way: he floats. Unlike everyone else, Barnaby does not obey the law of gravity. His parents, who have a horror of being noticed, want desperately for Barnaby to be normal, but he can't help who he is. And when the unthinkable happens, Barnaby finds himself on a journey that takes him all over the world. From Brazil to New York, Canada to Ireland, and even to space, the floating boy meets all sorts of different people—and discovers who he really is along the way.

This whimsical novel will delight middle graders, and make readers of all ages question the meaning of normal.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published on January 8, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0307977625
ISBN-13: 9780307977625
3 Book Reviews
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  • nicolelily
    nicolelilyFriday, March 20, 2015 at 12:10 am
    The best book Ive ever read. You guys have to read it.Just amazing. :-)
    • minionlover
      minionloverSunday, August 24, 2014 at 4:40 am
      This is a really adventurous book. I feel so bad for Barnaby. My favorite character is Captain W.E Johns. SUCH A GOOD BOOK
      • cottoncandyfluf
        cottoncandyflufSaturday, October 12, 2013 at 6:44 pm55 stars
        I really loved this book. Barnaby is a boy who is not normal. He's different. He floats! Once his parents decide that they are not having someone who is NOT normal in their family, Barnaby travels the world and meets new friends. Barnaby is not going to let his parents change who he is....