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Mal Peet (1947–2015) is the acclaimed author of the Carnegie Medal–winning novel Tamar as well as the Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels: Keeper, The Penalty, and Exposure, a winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He is also the co-author of Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, and Night Sky Dragons, all of which he wrote with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
Mal Pete's style of writing features incredibly well written prose that often had an almost poetic ring to it.
It seems consistently a one dimensional relationship, and even though many have said this is a coming of age story, I didn't see it.
Or maybe it will eventually become assigned reading for a high school literature class rather than a book teens would read for fun.
a little too jumpy from one scenario to another. would have liked more consistency. more detail in Clem's life not Cuban missile crisis.Published 9 months ago by Robert John
This book had started out fantastic. Clem’s ancestry, and indirectly Frankie’s, was captivating. Their, Clem’s Grandparents and parents, story alone could have made an excellent... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Team LitPick
After a slow start my son was engrossed. He told me its the best book he has ever read and he has not stopped talking about it. Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer
An extremely good book, very interesting, but as per the reivew title not for kids. There are some parts that may be innapropiate for the younger crowdPublished on February 5, 2013 by RT
This book...was nothing like I expected. To be fair, I didn't really have any idea what it was when I started it, but still it was a surprise. It was also very very good. Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Samantha Boyette
This book came to me after sitting on my "to be read shelf" for quite some time. I had other books ahead of it, that I needed to read for more pressing reasons, but I eagerly... Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Meghan
LIFE: AN EXPLODED DIAGRAM is a unique war story narrated by Clem Ackroyd, who begins his tale with some in-depth family history. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Teen Reads
When I received the Vine Newsletter, I browsed and didn't see anything that immediately caught my eye; so I started searching on goodreads and saw that this was historical fiction... Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by bookworm1858