Book Review of Theo and Sprout: A Journey of Growth
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Joseph Gergen
Ages 14+ | 161 Pages
Publisher: Joseph Gergen | ISBN-13: 9781734736632
What to Expect: Family, coming of age, gender-bending, self-expression
Theo and Sprout is a unique, funny, and thought-provoking exploration of the process of growing up, discovering sexuality, and forming one’s identity in a world that is not always as understanding and accepting as it could be.
Theo does not have the ideal home life. With eleven siblings and parents who largely ignore them all, adolescence is something he knows he’s just going to have to manage by himself. That is until Sprout turns up. Sprout is everything Theo is not: funny, confident, outgoing—and female. But the complicating factor is that she’s inside his body, demanding equal space and attention. With her present, Theo must come to terms with the fact that he is growing, changing, and coming of age, whether he likes it or not. Her unique perspective brings both challenges and insight, and with her help, Theo will learn that living is about much more than just surviving.
Told from Theo’s perspective, the story’s first-person narrative immediately engages, drawing readers into this young boy’s head so that they can relate to his experiences. Both Theo and Sprout are sympathetic and realistic characters. Their story is thought-provoking and exciting, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. Parents and educators will want to be advised that the book does contain extensive profanity.
Overall, Theo and Sprout is funny and philosophical—a great combination for advanced readers and thinkers.
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About the Author
Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, Joseph Gergen moved to Twin Cities because it’s actually warmer. Joseph enjoys creating in whatever form it takes and has pursued writing, painting, and furniture making—the enjoyment is in the doing.
For more information, visit https://josephgergen.com/.
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