book cover of The Benefits of Being an Octopus

The Benefits of Being an Octopus

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Seventh-grader Zoey has her hands full as she takes care of her much younger siblings after school every day while her mom works her shift at the pizza parlor. Not that her mom seems to appreciate it. At least there's Lenny, her mom's boyfriend - they all get to live in his nice, clean trailer.

At school, Zoey tries to stay under the radar. Her only friend, Fuchsia, has her own issues, and since they're in an entirely different world than the rich kids, it's best if no one notices them.

Zoey thinks how much easier everything would be if she were an octopus: eight arms to do eight things at once. Incredible camouflage ability and steady, unblinking vision. Powerful, protective defenses.

Unfortunately, she's not totally invisible, and one of her teachers forces her to join the debate club. Even though Zoey resists participating, debate ultimately leads her to see things in a new way: her mom's relationship with Lenny, Fuchsia's situation, and her own place in this town of people who think they're better than her. Can Zoey find the courage to speak up, even if it means risking the most stable home she's ever had?

Genre: Children's Fiction

Similar books by other authors

thumb
The Mad Wolf's Daughter
(Mad Wolf's Daughter, book 1)
Diane Magras

Used availability for Ann Braden's The Benefits of Being an Octopus

Hardback Editions

June 2019 : USA Library Binding
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
ISBN: 1-4328-6594-3 / 978-1-4328-6594-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
ISBN: 1-5107-3748-0 / 978-1-5107-3748-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sky Pony
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

February 2019 : USA Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   


February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


February 2019 : Canada Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


February 2019 : UK Audio edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Sky Pony
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


September 2018 : UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Benefits of Being an Octopus
Author(s): Ann Braden
Publisher: Sky Pony
Availability: Amazon UK