Caleb and Kit
Caleb and Kit
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Caleb and Kit

Written by Beth Vrabel
Published by Running Press Books
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What Does Bookroo Think of Caleb and Kit

Illness and imperfection weave together in a meaningful, informative, and emotional tale of friendships.

As Caleb walks through the woods near his house, he sees what looks like an angel sitting atop a boulder with the sun shining down on her through the trees. This new friend, Kit, gives Caleb all he’s ever hoped for—the freedom and fun of being a normal kid without the categorization and constant reality of his cystic fibrosis looming over him. The fun comes at a price, as Caleb lies and skips summer camp to play with Kit. It isn’t until Caleb learns that Kit’s mother is neglecting her that he realizes their fairytale summer must come to an end. Caleb confides in his mother about Kit’s secret, who demonstrates that parents can help sort through serious situations. This informative, moving book gives a detailed example of what it’s like to live with cystic fibrosis and creates a genuine tone to this emotional tale (best for older middle-grade readers) about a boy who reminds us that fighting an illness takes courage, particularly when there’s no magic Captain America serum to be had. Kit teaches Caleb a repeated mantra throughout the story, “I can do what I want,” which, with his lying, leads to a touch of rebellion plaguing the story. However, the end of the book leaves us with a lesson on the value of honesty and the magic of friendship.

What Kind of Book is Caleb and Kit

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Where Does Caleb and Kit Stand Out

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • *Caleb and Kit* shares many details about what it's like to live with cystic fibrosis. What did you learn about the disease? How does understanding more about cystic fibrosis increase your empathy?
  • Caleb skipped summer camp, kept Kit a secret, and lied at other times in the book. How did Caleb's dishonesty lead to trouble? Why was it important for him to tell the truth?
  • Caleb's mom would set a timer for 10 minutes for Caleb to feel sorry for himself when he was having a hard time and thinking about cystic fibrosis. His mom said he should feel the emotion for a time and then "move onward and upward." How could this be a helpful practice for you?


    The Book Snob Mom


    This book is so genuine and meaningful. This story presents a heartfelt journey of a young boy with an illness that just wants to be normal. Caleb has Cystic Fibrosis, so you learn a lot about the disease and readers can develop a lot of empathy through his story. His new friend, Kit, has a mother who isn't taking care of her as she should. Caleb keeps Kit a secret from his family for a while, and later on learns that he needs to take responsibility and not keep secrets any longer, as they only hurt those around him.

    Full review

    Filled with smart, witty, and magical writing, Kit and Caleb, and those around them, come to vibrant life in this heartbreaking story about the ties that bring people together, and the difficulties of facing the truth.

    The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
    Kate Quealy-Gainer
    Full review

    When the reality of Caleb’s illness comes crashing through their imaginary world, so does the truth about Kit’s life. This is a compelling story of two struggling kids making their own safe haven from harsh worlds neither of them deserves, there’s both joy and sadness in its conclusion.

    School Library Journal

    Hand to readers looking for a novel about both the magic and the pain of friendship. A solid purchase for most collections.


    The cystic fibrosis is well-handled—it affects every part of Caleb’s life but never defines who he is. A realistic story with strong, recognizable characters that doesn’t reduce cystic fibrosis to a tragedy.

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Book Details

Publication Date
July 9, 2019
Page Count
Reading Age
8 - 12 years
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