Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Milo, Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze

Seventh-grader Milo Cruikshank is having a tough time of things since his mother died. He has moved yet again, and once again is the "new kid," which he hates.  One awful and embarrassing thing after another seems to happen to him - like when he sneezes a big, horrible wet sneeze all over Summer, the girl of his dreams.

Normally I am not a huge fan of dead mother books (and most particularly not dying mother books), but since this year I am on the committee to help choose books to feature in my library's summer reading program, I read this recommended title. I liked that it didn't make me live through Milo's mother's death - and that it turned out to be a funny, sensitive story about coping with loss.

While it is from Milo's point of view, it also reveals the struggles of his father and sister as they try to deal with their grief, each in a different way from Milo, and how massive misunderstandings result. The book isn't heavy handed, though - humor pervades the pages (although wimpy me did have some tears to wipe away from time to time), and Milo's honest voice carries the story in an entertaining way that should have a lot of kid appeal, as will the comics and drawings interspersed throughout the pages.

Milo, Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg (Aladdin, 2010)

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