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Down the Memory Hole [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Turner
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Book Description

A middle-grade novel about Alzheimer's Disease that older folks will enjoy!

His summer vacation is ruined when twelve-year-old Buzz Collins is forced to share his room and emotional space with his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, and his parents forbid him to associate with his best friend, Mitch. The thought of giving up his friendship is heartbreaking enough. But how can he relate to someone who forgets his grandson's name, wears adult diapers, and thinks dog biscuits are people cookies, someone who could die in the night and scare Buzz right out of puberty?

Buzz thinks Alzheimer's is caused by a traumatic event, such as the train accident that killed Grandpa's brother Barkley. When Grandpa's mind wanders and he mistakes Buzz for Barkley, Buzz assumes the role of his great uncle, and in the process he develops compassion and appreciation for his grandfather.

The situation turns deadly when Buzz and Mitch - whose friendship Buzz refuses to end - attempt to cure Grandpa of Alzheimer's disease by recreating the train accident on a hot summer day.

Despite the sad subject matter, Down the Memory Hole is a laugh-out-loud coming-of-age story about Alzheimer's Disease, as viewed through the mind of a frustrated 12-year-old who dearly loves his grandfather, but wishes they weren't roommates. (Ages 12 - Senior Citizens)

Editorial Reviews


This is a story beautifully told and without false sentimentality which would ruin it. Excellent! -- Ian Ruxton, Kitakyushu, Japan; English instructor, co-author & translator of Japanese Students at Cambridge University in the Meiji Era, 1868-1912: Pioneers for the Modernization of Japan; Lulu Press, 2/4/05

Using believable characters, the author leads us through a variety of emotions and insights about the human condition. -- Matthew Blevins; poet, author of Celebrations of Being; Lulu Press, 2/16/05

About the Author

Appreciating the written word from childhood, Bonnie Turner began her career while in high school, writing poetry that helped bridge and soothe her confusing teens years. With no formal writing lessons, teaching herself to think on paper has been a long but satisfying struggle for this author.

From Turner's early interest in huskies, dogsleds, and the Inuit culture came her first book for children, The Haunted Igloo (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). After the book was published, she visited classrooms with a life-size Inuit doll, lecturing students on the importance of reading and writing, and passing out 'polar bear' hugs along with her autograph.

Born and raised in Independence, Missouri, Bonnie Turner was transplanted to Wisconsin in 1984, where she continues work on two other novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Aurorawolf Books (Bonnie Turner) (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who says grandpa sitting is easy? July 13, 2006
Twelve year old Buzz Collins thought so, but he was wrong.

Everything started when Buzz's grandpa, Baxter Collins moved in. Grandpa Collins, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease was going to be sharing a room with Buzz for the summer. Buzz really didn't like the idea of this at first. He found grandpa quite annoying. Grandpa seemed to go off into his own little world at times, or as Buzz would say, "Driving away in the Alzheimer". Every night, grandpa would count aimlessly until he fell asleep "4...7...2...". Buzz wanted to cure his grandpa's Alzheimer's... he had an idea.

I read this book in one sitting. It seemed as if the pages were turning themselves.

-John Albrecht Jr.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down The Memory Hole April 27, 2005
A Kid's Review
This was a wonderful book, I really enjoyed it, I read the first 70 pages all at once!! I didn't want to stop reading. This story was both sad and funny. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a truly wonderful tale of life and families and the changes they sometimes have to go through.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most heart-warming book I have read April 21, 2005
This one is a tear-jerker, as I found myself emotionally engrossed, staying up all night long to read the book in one sitting. I just couldn't put it down.

This book realistically exemplifies what happens to many people as they age, and the life and love and letting go that families go through together.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good heart-warming family story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written, Amazing Book March 16, 2011
By Soph
I could not put the book down. I read it in one sitting. It's one of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The story is a real page-turner, the characters are brilliantly drawn. It's truly an amazing novel. I only wish I had discovered it sooner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A must-read for anyone that has ever or will ever deal with the problems of caring for an elder with cognitive impairment. I didn't find the story sad due to the courage, support and love all the family members showed in times of crisis. Each of them might have been flawed but they still were able to pull together and find a way to cope.

Even with a disease that can rob an elder of dignity the author gave the grandfather his own special brand of value and charm without down playing the very difficult of job of caring for someone that isn't able to see to his own needs anymore. It wasn't grim, it wasn't sappy .... it was magnificent and inspiring. If I could have given this book ten stars I would have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read February 23, 2011
By Jimmy
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Down The Memory Hole is one I found hard to put down. The author hits the frustrations of dealing with Alzheimer's head on, from the lack of knowledge of the condition, the pain of being afflicted with it, to the lack of help from family members who are not in the household.

Buzz is a typical kid who ends up sharing his room with Grandpa who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the learning process, outlook, and adventures shared over the summer gives us a heartwarming family story that could happen to any of us, a very good book that I would recommend for anyone whether dealing with Alzheimer's or not, you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down the memory hole January 27, 2011
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Very good perspective of the strain of Alzheimers on the family,the teenagers in the home and their relationship to the AZ victim vs balance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for all June 9, 2012
By Daniel
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Down the Memory Hole is not a book for Young Adult readers-it is an excellent novel for all readers. The storyline and each of the characters continues to develop, expand and intrigue at a pace to hold young readers, yet with a depth to keep older readers turning pages. The novel presents a unique view of Alzheimer's Disease through the eyes of a young boy forced to share his room with his confused, frail, and failing grandfather. Under these tragic conditions, one would expect a depressing ending, but Ms. Turner cleverly turns the story on simple plot point to give the reader an overall wonderful, heartwarming experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Down the memory hole
Good book. I loved the plot. Could scaring the person with Alzheimer's disease of their bad memory really work? Scientists should try it.
Published on May 1, 2013 by Brian Heinert
3.0 out of 5 stars Down the memory hole
Alzheimer's disease is such a sad condition that affects the entire family. However it can cause tenderness between family members.
Published on April 9, 2013 by Pat Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars great story!
What a fantastic read, wasn't able to lay it down, some parts had me in tears of laughter! Loved it!
Published on January 9, 2013 by ablume
5.0 out of 5 stars Finding humor in a difficult topic
Caring for an elderly person with Alzheimer's is no easy task; nor is writing about it from the perspective of a twelve-year-old boy. Read more
Published on December 10, 2012 by Loretta Giacoletto
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok story for kids
There was some kind of moral to this story there somewhere I guess. It is a pleasant one-day reading experience.
Published on December 9, 2012 by Twostory
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is a great story for anyone to read, My son is currently reading it,and he's not a big reader in general. If it keeps his attention,it's definitely well written! Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by J. murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
The book started off great, the characters aren't under or over developed, I enjoyed how I was able to be in the mind set of buzz so easily, but still read the story as an adult. Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by mommaturtle
5.0 out of 5 stars good story
I really enjoyed this book. Very smooth writing. It kept me hooked from the beginning until the end. It did end a little abruptly though. I was really hoping for more. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is a touching look at a family dealing with a parent/grandparent with Alzheimers. It is seen through the eyes of the grandson who must share his room with his ailing... Read more
Published on July 2, 2012 by Karen White
3.0 out of 5 stars good short story
it bought to life about the people who share their life with somebody who suffers from dementia
and espceially the grandson who had to share his room with his grandfather... Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by albert
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More About the Author

Bonnie Turner -- one of the few remaining members of the Greatest Generation -- was born on Halloween in Independence, Missouri, at the height of the Great Depression.

Currently residing in Wisconsin, she is a mother, a grandmother, and a great-grandmother. Her interests are many and varied, including astronomy, geography, history, yoga, philosophy, psychology, metaphysics and parapsychology. She's a self-educated jack-of-all-trades, a Mensa *almost*, a classical music and jazz fusion aficionado.

Turner's favorite authors include: Mark Twain, James A. Michener, poets Robert Service and Edgar A. Guest. Some favorite books: Giants in the Earth (O.E. Rolvaag), Steamboat Gothic (Frances Parkinson Keyes), Chesapeake (Michener), the epic poem, The Odyssey of Homer, and Harvest Home (Thomas Tryon). Favorite genres: historical fiction, young-adult fiction, literary fiction, humor, Americana, mainstream, commercial -- almost anything except violent, gory tales.

Turner learned to read in first grade from the famed "Dick and Jane" readers. Many years later, her first novel for children (The Haunted Igloo) was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1991. After that book was published, she visited grade schools with a life-sized, handmade Inuit doll, encouraging students to keep reading and writing -- and offering polar bear hugs along with her autograph.

Among her favorite fan letters are these gems: "Mrs. Turner, I'll give you a million dollars for this book!"; "Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you for getting me out of sixth hour!!!"; "Dear Mrs. Turner, Thank you from all the lead in my pencil!"

What great kids, those middle-grade students!

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