Gut Reaction

Most girls would rather die than use a school bathroom. Not an option for Tess Medina. . .

Coming in Spring 2024, Kirby’s first contemporary middle grade novel, GUT REACTION, co-written with her daughter Quinn Wyatt. The book follows Tess, a gifted baker, looking to take the crown in a local baking competition, who must navigate a new normal following a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. A story of friendship and hope.

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Gut Reaction

Most girls would rather die than use a school bathroom. Not an option for Tess Medina. . .

Coming in Spring 2024, Kirby’s first contemporary middle grade novel, GUT REACTION, co-written with her daughter Quinn Wyatt. The book follows Tess, a gifted baker, looking to take the crown in a local baking competition, who must navigate a new normal following a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease. A story of friendship and hope.

Reviews

A powerful story about living with a disease and not letting it define who you are.” ~ Alan Gratz, New York Times bestselling author of REFUGEE and TWO DEGREES

 

“Great British Baking Show meets Guts by Raina Telgemeier. Entertaining and informative. Really put me inside the mind of a level-headed fourteen-year-old forced to deal with one awkward and humiliating situation after another.”

Gennifer Choldenko, Newbery Honor author of AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS, and coauthor of DOGTOWN with Katherine Applegate

“GUT REACTION weaves the tender topic of IBD with threads of friendship, secrets, and bravery into a blanket of empowerment. You will root for Tess as she navigates a new school, enters a baking competition, and most importantly comes to terms with her frustrating and beautiful body. This wonderful story should be in every middle school library.”

Sylvia Tag, Youth Literature Librarian, Western Washington University

“Kirby Larson and Quinn Wyatt have cooked up a rich, warm story about Crohn’s Disease, courage, and cookies. The voice is heartfelt and authentic, leavened with humor and, oh my frog, delicious desserts. Gut Reaction is a wonderful book about important things, and I recommend it highly.” ­

Karen Cushman, author of the Newbery Award-winning CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY, and THE MIDWIFE’S APPRENCTICE