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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Tierra Lago Studio (May 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615802907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615802909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,195,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a native Pittsburgher I enjoyed this novel very much.
Stuart D. Mallinger
I enjoyed this debut novel and discovering how the unusual main character develops.
JZP
I would definitely recommend this book; it's a light, heartfelt read.
Susan C. Zelenal

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EJB on January 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Leap Year Boy" was not only a very interesting read, but one that became increasingly difficult to put down. It is a book whose characters are well developed and are part of a storyline that takes you to some unexpected places. Being an avid reader of numerous genres for many years, I find this book hard to "pigeon hole", but I have absolutely no problem recommending it to anyone who enjoys a good story that is well written. Isn't that the definition of a good book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J. Janssen on March 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've never felt such a feeling of elation as I am experiencing now as I write these words about The Leap Year Boy by Marc Simon. As an author, Marc has certainly made his mark.

This is his debut novel and I wonder two things:
Where has this remarkable writer been hiding?
Will we be seeing more of his works soon?

The Leap Year Boy is the most touching story I've read for as long back as I can recall. If I were to stop now, my praise would be sufficient, but as the outstanding writer that he is, Simon gives us so much more than just a good story as he presents a panorama of history, characterizations and pathos, all blended together so well that each page amazes more than the previous one.

Alex Miller was born at home on February 29, 1908. Born at full term he weighed just two pounds, one ounce and he grew at only one quarter of the expected rate. His development, as it intertwines with the other characters that Simon so deftly introduces us to, makes for a human drama that only a gifted mind could create.

Other reviews have discussed the plot and sub-plots, so I will stop here. Read all the reviews and then add The Leap Year Boy to your CART. You will be glad you did. Don't forget to gift it to someone you know appreciates a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OpenBookSociety dot com on February 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
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The writing in this story is spectacular, absolutely 5 stars, story was interesting, the reason for 4 stars was the abrupt ending. I would really like to know what happens to Alex. I noticed that it has Sci-fi and fantasy tags and I had it on my tags, too. However, after reading the story, there was only really the one thing that would have made those tags appropriate. When Alexs' arms grew so much overnight, then later his legs. Super light on the sci-fi/fantasy, but a great story and well worth reading.

If you are looking for a book with likeable characters, this book doesn't have many and yet I found myself liking or at least understanding each character at times. The author has fleshed out the characters in such a detailed way, that even the most unlikeable character had some redeeming quality. I won't get into the wacky folks, because they are all so well written by the author , that I would just be bumbling about trying to describe them.

With full disclosure, I think that Alex will have a much bigger impact on other readers, but my life is and has been full of working and being around children and adults that have very unique features, macrocephalia , microcephlia, missing limbs or extra limbs, learning styles that are very much outside of the norm. One other thing I think that the parents would not have told people so openly how old Alex was when they were outside of their own neighborhood, in those days, it would have been something they would have kept secret when they could. Those were the times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wacker on January 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Please pardon my cheesy review title, but this book sincerely resonates beyond the page. I found myself thinking about the characters all the time---running on the treadmill, suffering through rush hour traffic, listening to my boss be a bore. Marc Simon, an accomplished short story writer, has created The Leap Year Boy, a novel unlike any other I've read in the past few years; I read it in three nights. The unusual premise and historical setting all combine perfectly to make for a very intriguing read. This novel is indeed a journey, following tiny Alex through his travails, starting from his birth as a diminutive (in some respects...) miracle baby who slowly reveals special talents. How Alex and those around him deal with these gifts set the tone for the surprising narrative of the book. Abe, Alex's father, was my favorite character, as was Doctor Malkin, an immigrant "physician." Simon has a subtle and nuanced way of making us laugh at Abe, disdain him at times, while somehow making us manage to care about the grumpy and flawed father of three. In terms of setting, enough can't be said about Simon's Pittsburgh, a character in itself. The city is painted in rich, vibrant detail, and Simon manages to make you feel like you are there---smelling the stink of the steel mills, the aroma of hot dogs from opening day at Forbes field, the stale beer at The Squeaky Wheel. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who appreciates thoughtful, inventive work. Marc Simon has a unique voice and I eagerly await his next book. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JZP on January 5, 2013
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I enjoyed this debut novel and discovering how the unusual main character develops. Alex Miller, is a charming boy of surprising abilities. He brings out the hidden side of all whom he meets. Many recognize the changes they need to make within themselves to become better people and feel good about they way they are living. This young boy finds the strength needed to navigate his own unusual circumstances and help keep the core of his family intact through many challenges.
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