Smiles to Go

Smiles to Go

The world is changing right before the eyes of Will Tuppence. First he learns that a proton has died, and this has a profound effect on Will. He realizes that if a proton can die and become nothing, then every known piece of material in the universe, including Will himself, will eventually, inevitably cease to exist.

Then, his two best friends kiss in the moonlight, and Will discovers some interesting changes and questions in himself. This is a boy's journey into teenhood: a struggle with questions asked and feelings wrestled with, and eventually some truths and some peace.

272 pages Ages 11-15

Keywords: coming of age, teens, finding yourself, fears, 11 year old, 12 year old, 13 year old, boys and men

Recommended by: Barb Langridge,


Ninth grader Will Tuppence is in control.

He plans everything obsessively, from the perfect stargazing night with his crush, Mi-Su, to the regular Saturday-night games of Monopoly with his friends. He's even planned his entire adulthood: career as an astronomer; mint condition, black 1985 Jaguar XJS/12; two kids. . . .

But everything changes the day Will learns one startling fact: protons—those tiny atomic particles, the building blocks to the building blocks of life—can die. The one thing that was so certain in this world to Will has an expiration date.

And Will's carefully planned-out life?

Not so certain, either.---from the publisher


What is stargazer, skateboarder, chess champ, pepperoni pizza eater, older brother, sister hater, best friend, first kisser, science geek, control freak Will Tuppence so afraid of in this great big universe?

Jerry Spinelli knows.---from the publisher

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