Everything Else in the Universe

Everything Else in the Universe

In the midst of the Vietnam War, a young girl struggles to embrace change in this tender family story for fans of Cynthia Lord and Wendy Maas Lucy is a practical, orderly person--just like her dad. He taught her to appreciate reason and good sense, instilling in her the same values he learned at medical school. But when he's sent to Vietnam to serve as an Army doctor, Luc In the midst of the Vietnam War, a young girl struggles to embrace change in this tender family story for fans of C...

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Title:Everything Else in the Universe
Author:Tracy Holczer
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0399163948
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Everything Else in the Universe Reviews

  • Tony
    Aug 03, 2018
    I keep thinking that a tween is going to read this book and think that the draft lottery is totally made up. I think that because I am not sure how much anyone young knows about this time in American History. I hope that there a ton of 6th grade History teachers who are putting this on...
  • Mary Lee
    Nov 03, 2018
    Five stars and five hankies. Historical fiction about the Vietnam War and PTSD, but perfectly relevant for today. Not just the PTSD of the returning Veteran, but also of the family. Delightfully rich in the details of life in a large extended Italian family. Gorgeously writte...
  • Sarah
    Dec 15, 2018
    A well written middle grade novel that deftly handled the Vietnam War, veterans, sacrificing for country, and family. No war is without casualties, both physical and psychological. Folks seemed to be particularly divided about Vietnam; some viewing the US's actions as immoral, others b...
  • Barbara
    Dec 28, 2018
    Like most readers, I fell in love with Lucy Rossi, the twelve-year-old girl at the heart of this well-written middle grade novel. For those who didn't live through Vietnam or study about it in their history books, this book brings the war close to home. The summer of 1971 was just as c...
  • Ariel
    Nov 24, 2018
    Lucy has a crazy Italian extended family on one side, and a super rational stiff upper lip family on the other. Neither of them is doing a very good job of helping her deal with having her father serve in Vietnam--or having him come home changed in unforeseeable, unimaginable ways. To ...
  • Jill Cd
    Jan 03, 2019
    I really loved this book. The characters were real and you could relate to them. The plot was original and engaging. The author examines several view points regarding the Vietnam War and provides understanding on those perspectives. Grades 4-5 and up will like this one. ...
  • Mary Sanchez
    Jul 22, 2018
    Lucy Rossi, age twelve, and her mother move to San Jose, California to be close to the Rossi family when Lucy's dad accepts his draft notice to Viet Nam, when he could have asked for a deferment because he recently finished his residency to be a heart surgeon. Thus, Lucy is accustomed ...
  • Debbie Tanner
    Dec 03, 2018
    A terrific story about Lucy who worries about her dad. Lucy's dad has been working hard to be a doctor and then gets sent to Vietnam during the war to help tend to soldiers. When he's wounded, he gets sent home early, but with a big cost. Lucy is also making new friends and is close to...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Apr 17, 2018
    ARC provided by publisher at ALA Midwinter Lucy's family has moved from Chicago to San Jose, California for her father's medical residency and to be near family. When doctors are drafted for Vietnam, he chooses not to be deferred so that he can do his part. He promises Lucy that he ...
  • Brenda Kahn
    Oct 14, 2018
    Why, oh why did it take me so long to get to this lovely, heartbreaking story? I adored the author's debut, The Secret Hum of a Daisy. Beautiful story of family, of friendship and the fallout of the Vietnam war on family and returning vets. Must read! ...
  • Tina Hoggatt
    Sep 02, 2018
    I loved this story set during the Vietnam War, its impacts on families, and the aftermath of soldiers returning to a sometimes hostile America. And in ten year old Lucia Mercedes Evangeline Rossi the author has given us a smart, thoughtful, funny, and lively heroine to follow as she ad...
  • Valerie McEnroe
    Jun 19, 2019
    Adult rating: 3 stars Kid rating: 1 star Lucy and her father had a great relationship before he went to Vietnam. Even though he was always busy with medical school, they took advantage of every free moment he had. Now he is back from Vietnam, alive, but missing one arm. Like most r...
  • Patrick
    Dec 27, 2017
    Wow! I loved The Secret Hum of A Daisy and this one was just as wonderful. Tracy has a way with words and telling the most beautiful story! Lucy and her crazy Italian family will remain in my heart for quite sometime. Look for this amazing story in June of 2028!!! ...
  • Shirley Freeman
    Jan 16, 2018
    Fans of Gary Schmidt's Okay For Now will enjoy this Vietnam era middle reader. Lucy is an only child in an otherwise large, noisy Italian extended family. Lucy's surgeon father has just returned from a year in Vietnam - minus an arm. Lucy and her dad had been very close before the war ...
  • Julie
    Dec 22, 2018
    A well-written Vietnam war story. I found it tough to get into at first, but with time the story enveloped me with its soft but yet strong voice. I fell in love with this wild Italian family and Milo, the friend with a story only he could tell. I can?t help but wonder however if adul...
  • Danielle
    Sep 04, 2018
    A beautifully written story of family, war, and friendship. "In place of her reasonable thoughts, she let her heart lead the way."(p.228) ...
  • Darlene
    Nov 15, 2018
    A thoughtful and heart warming story of a young girl's struggle to stay strong and dependable during her Father's recovery from injury during the Vietnam War. It hits all the right notes regarding emotional connections and shows the social complexity of the Vietnam era. A wonderful add...
  • Rebecca Balcárcel
    Jun 27, 2018
    Thoughtful, logical Lucy finds herself thrust into her emotionally raucous Italian family when her dad ships out for Vietnam in 1971. During his absence, she and her mom adapt to living with herb packets, chicken claws showing up in odd places, and her Nonnina's pink kitchen. Well, mos...
  • Katie Reilley
    Feb 27, 2018
    This book was shared through my ARC group, #bookexpedition . Set during the Vietnam War era, it chronicles the life of Lucy who is working to rebuild her relationship with her Dad, who has returned home from the war as a changed man, both physically and mentally. Lucy?s got her Dad?...
  • Alison Smith
    Sep 02, 2018
    This story - set in the early 70's - was so dear. The characters are quirky and hilarious, and the story reads really quickly. ...
  • Addison Children's Services
    Sep 21, 2018
    Lucy is counting the moments until her dad finally comes home from Vietnam. As an Army doctor he had been taking care of wounded soldiers, but now is wounded himself, and will be returning home without his left arm. Lucy knows it will be hard for him to adjust to civilian life again, e...
  • Sara Gillespie
    Jun 25, 2018
    Ok, I may be a little prejudice (round about way related to author), but Tracy Holczer's second novel (found in the youth section at B&N) is really good. Maybe because I was right at the main characters age in the time frame that the story takes place, as well as my brother was re...
  • Carmen
    Jul 25, 2018
    Engaging, interesting view of the Vietnam era. Unique voice. ...
  • Johnna Cornette-Parker
    Jun 04, 2019
    This book tells a beautiful narrative of a girl searching for normalcy after her father returns fro Vietnam an amputee. Ms. Holczer brings Lucy's large, unique Italian family to life with thoughtful, loving descriptions. As Lucy makes her first friend in her new hometown, life begins t...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 18, 2019
    What a lovely book. At times bittersweet, sad, funny, heartwrenching. Lucy is trying desperately to hold her world together when it feels like everything is coming apart at the seams. Her father has returned from Vietnam, but he is distant. Her cousin is no longer her best friend. She ...
  • Aleena
    Aug 02, 2018
    I, personally, am not a fan of contemporary books. This one, though, was amazing. A truly gripping story, one that I am sure to not forget. I love how Lucy solves a problem that a lot of kids may relate to. I would definitely recommend this book! ...
  • Roland
    Feb 28, 2019
    This book is a very boring book because it has very flat and unpalatable characters. In Everything Else In The Universe Lucy's father comes home from the Vietnam War and is having some physical and mental problems. She meets a kid named Milo who helps her fight through the tough times....
  • Ravi
    Nov 15, 2018
    This book is terrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
  • Anita McDivitt Barrios
    Jul 12, 2019
    I strongly recommend pairing fiction and non-fiction texts to teach both English Language Arts and Social Studies Common Core standards in middle school. For several years, I've looked for a fiction text that I felt captured the milieu of the Vietnam War and its social nuances in a way...
  • Kate
    Jul 06, 2019
    Excellent. I was only 7 in 1971 and didn?t really understand what the war, the hippie and drug scene were all about but I remember very clearly the anxiety that I got from the television news that turned me to liquid inside. I was so afraid of all these awful things. I have never bee...