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The First State of Being
Greenwillow Books (2024)
The First State of Being

When twelve-year-old Michael Rosario meets a mysterious boy from the future, his life is changed forever. From bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly, winner of the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe and a Newbery Honor for We Dream of Space, this novel explores themes of family, friendship, trust, and forgiveness. The First State of Being is for fans of Rebecca Stead’s When You Reach Me.

“Endearing … with a delicious, thought-provoking twist.”
— Publishers Weekly

“A warm-hearted blend of nostalgia and futurism.” — Kirkus Reviews 

“A masterful science fiction story full of wonder and heart. This book will remind you to love your own unique place in history.” — Nicole Valentine, author of A Time Traveler’s Guide to Relativity



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