Peter Johnson is the critically acclaimed author of several collections of poetry, short stories, and novels, including Miracles & Mortifications, winner of the James Laughlin Award, Eduardo & "I," Pretty Happy!, Rants and Raves: Selected and New Prose Poems, I'm a Man, and two young adult novels: Loserville and What Happened, the latter which received the Paterson Prize and was called the "most gorgeously written YA of 2007" by Booklist. Johnson is the recipient of two creative writing awards from Rhode Council on the Arts and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches creative writing and children's literature at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he lives with his wife, Genevieve, and two sons, Kurt and Lucas.
For readers who can't get enough of the funny writings of bestselling authors Jerry Spinelli and Gary D. Schmidt comes another heartfelt story about school, friendship, and family from Peter Johnson, author of The Amazing Adventures of John Smith, Jr. AKA Houdini—a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012.
Everyone thinks Benny Alvarez is Mr. Negativity. According to Benny, he's just realistic about seeing the "other side" of things—when it comes to just about everything. But maybe there's another way to deal with the things Benny can't control—like his ailing grandfather, his wild younger brother, and the know-it-all girls at school. In this poignant novel about acceptance, Benny Alvarez will have to decide . . . Is the glass half empty or half full?
The Life and Times of Benny Alvarez is a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and appreciate your family all the more.
Age Level: 8 - 12 | Grade Level: 3 - 7